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Rangers FC top scorers of all time

In this article, first we will have a brief review on the history of Rangers FC, and then we will introduce Rangers FC top scorers of all time!
Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Rangers Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Glasgow and currently plays in the Scottish Premier League.

The club was founded in 1873. Rangers have a long and fierce rivalry with Celtic; The rivalry between the two teams, also known as Old Form, is considered by some to be the biggest derby in the world. Rangers were relegated to Scotland 4 in 2012 due to bankruptcy, but returned to the Scottish Premier League in 2016.

In the following, we will briefly review the history of Rangers FC, then we will provide a list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time, and then share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these highest goal scorers in Rangers FC of all time.

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Before we get into the list of top scorers in Rangers FC of all time, we will have a brief look at the honors and goalscrores' records of Rangers FC.

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Honors of Rangers FC

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Among the domestic honors of Rangers FC we can mention: Scottish first-tier League Championships: 54 times; Runners-up: 32 times; Scottish second-tier League Championships: Once in 2015–16; Scottish third-tier League Championships: Once in 2013–14; Scottish fourth-tier League Championships: Once in 2012–13; Scottish Cup: 33 times; Runners-up: 18 times; Scottish League Cup: 27 times; Runners-up: 8 times; Scottish Challenge Cup: 1 in 2015–16; Runners-up: Once

And among the European honors of Rangers FC we can mention: European Cup Winners' Cup: Once in 1971–72; Runners-up: 2 times in 1960–61, 1966–67; UEFA Cup: Runners-up: Once in 2007–08; UEFA Super Cup: Runners-up: Once in 1972

And Rangers FC doubles and trebles are: League Title, Scottish Cup, League Cup: 7 times in 1948–49, 1963–64, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1992–93, 1998–99, 2002–03; League Title and Scottish Cup: 11 times in 1927–28, 1929–30, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1962–63, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2008–09; League Title and League Cup: 10 times in 1946–47, 1960–61, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2004–05, 2009–10, 2010–11; Scottish Cup and League Cup: 4 times in 1961–62, 1978–79, 2001–02, 2007–08

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Rangers FC Goalscorers Records

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Rangers FC goalscorers records until 2019-20 season are as follows:

  • Most goals in all competitions: Ally McCoist, 355
  • Most league goals: Ally McCoist, 251
  • Most Scottish Cup goals: Jimmy Fleming, 44
  • Most League Cup goals: Ally McCoist, 54
  • Most Challenge Cup goals: Kenny Miller / Lee McCulloch, 5
  • Most European goals: Ally McCoist, 21
  • Most goals in one season: Jim Forrest, 57 (during the 1964–65 season)
  • Most league goals in one season: Sam English, 44 (during the 1931–32 season)
  • Most hat-tricks: Ally McCoist, 28
  • Most penalties scored: Johnny Hubbard, 54
  • Most consecutive goals: Alfredo Morelos 7 games, 2018/2019
  • Youngest goalscorer: Willie Thornton, 16 years, 312 days (against Arbroath, 9 January 1937)
  • Oldest goalscorer: David Weir, 38 years, 183 days (against Kilmarnock, 9 November 2008)
  • Fastest goal scored in a match: Gordon Durie, 11 seconds (against Dundee United, 1 April 1995)

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Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

The list of the Rangers FC highest goal scorers of all time is as follows:

  1. Ally McCoist: Years: 1983–1998, Total Goals: 355
  2. Bob McPhail: Years: 1927–1940, Total Goals: 261
  3. Jimmy Smith: Years: 1930–1946, Total Goals: 249
  4. Jimmy Fleming: Years: 1925–1934, Total Goals: 220
  5. Derek Johnstone: Years: 1970–1983/1984–1985, Total Goals: 210
  6. Ralph Brand: Years: 1954–1965, Total Goals: 206
  7. Willie Reid: Years: 1909–1920, Total Goals: 195
  8. Willie Thornton: Years: 1936–1954, Total Goals: 194
  9. Robert C. Hamilton: Years: 1897–1908, Total Goals: 184
  10. Andy Cunningham: Years: 1914–1929, Total Goals: 182

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A brief overview of Rangers FC top goal scorers ever

In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the all-time top goal scorers in Rangers FC history!

#1 Ally McCoist

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Alistair Murdoch McCoist
  • Date of birth: 24 September 1962 (age 58)
  • Place of birth: Bellshill, Scotland
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Youth career

  • Fir Park Boys Club

Senior career

  • 1979–1981: Team: St Johnstone, Appearances: 57, Goals: 22
  • 1981–1983: Team: Sunderland, Appearances: 56, Goals: 8
  • 1983–1998: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 418, Goals: 251
  • 1998–2001: Team: Kilmarnock, Appearances: 53, Goals: 9

National team

  • 1980–1981: Team: Scotland U19, Appearances: 10, Goals: 7
  • 1983: Team: Scotland U21, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1986–1998: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 61, Goals: 19
  • 1990: Team: SFA (SFL centenary), Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 2011–2014: Team: Rangers

With 355 total goals, the first player of the list of the highest goal scorers in Rangers FC of all time is Ally McCoist, a former Scottish footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career. After his retirement, he has worked as a manager and football expert.

McCoist had a very successful time with Rangers. In addition to being the Rangers' most successful goalscorer of all time, he won nine consecutive league titles between 1988-89 and 1996-97.

Among the honors of this brilliant player, the following can be mentioned:

As a player with Rangers

  • Scottish Premier Division (10): 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97
  • Scottish Cup: 1991–92
  • Scottish League Cup (9): 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97

As a manager with Rangers

  • Scottish League One: 2013–14 (third tier)
  • Scottish Third Division: 2012–13 (fourth tier)

Individual

  • European Golden Shoe (2): 1991–92, 1992–93
  • European Cup top scorer: 1987–88
  • Ballon d'Or: 1987 (21st place)
  • SFWA Footballer of the Year: 1991–92
  • SPFA Players' Player of the Year: 1991–92
  • Scottish Premier League Manager of the Month: September 2011
  • Scottish League Two Manager of the Month: December 2012
  • Scottish League One Manager of the Month (2): September 2013, January 2014
  • Scotland national football team roll of honour: 1996

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Bob McPhail.

#2 Bob McPhail

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Robert Lowe McPhail
  • Date of birth: 25 October 1905
  • Place of birth: Barrhead, Scotland
  • Date of death: 24 August 2000 (aged 94)
  • Place of death: Netherlee, Scotland
  • Playing position(s): Inside-left

Senior career

  • Pollok                   
  • 1923–1927: Team: Airdrieonians, Appearances: 114, Goals: 75
  • 1927–1940: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 354, Goals: 230

National team

  • 1927–1937: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 17, Goals: 7
  • 1926–1936: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 6, Goals: 5

With 261 total goals, the second player of top scorers in Rangers FC of all time is Bob McPhail, a Scottish professional footballer, who played as a inside-left during his professional football career.

In his 13 years with Rangers, he scored a total of 261 goals for the team.

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Jimmy Smith.

#3 Jimmy Smith

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: James Smith
  • Date of birth: 24 September 1911
  • Place of birth: Slamannan, Scotland
  • Date of death: 5 December 2003 (aged 92)
  • Playing position(s): Centre forward

Youth career

  • Argyll Rob Roy

Senior career

  • 1928: Team: East Stirlingshire, Appearances: 15, Goals: 16
  • 1928–1946: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 234, Goals: 225

National team

  • 1934–1937: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 2, Goals: 1
  • 1941: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

With 249  total goals, the next player in the list of Rangers FC highest goal scorers of all time is Jimmy Smith, a Scottish professional footballer, who played as a centre forward during his football career.

During his time at Rangers he scored 249 goals in 259 games. Smith continued to play for Rangers during the unofficial matches played during the War but retired from football upon the return of official domestic football in 1946–47. After he retired he continued as a club trainer then chief scout until 1967.

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Jimmy Fleming.

#4 Jimmy Fleming

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: James William Fleming
  • Date of birth: 5 December 1901
  • Place of birth: Dennistoun, Scotland
  • Date of death: 1969 (aged 67–68)
  • Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
  • Playing position(s): Centre forward

Senior career

  • Shettleston
  • 1923–1935: Team: St Johnstone, Appearances: 72, Goals: 42
  • 1925–1934: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 225, Goals: 176
  • 1934–1936: Team: Ayr United, Appearances: 42, Goals: 17

National team

  • 1929–1930: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 3, Goals: 3
  • 1934: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

With 220 total goals, the next player of Rangers FC top goal scorers ever is Jimmy Fleming, a Scottish footballer who played as a center-forward during his career. He holds the record for the most Scottish Cup goals scored by a Rangers player, with 44 goals, as well as the record of having scored the most goals in a single match for Rangers, scoring nine times in a 14–2 Scottish Cup win against Blairgowrie in 1934.

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Derek Johnstone.

#5 Derek Johnstone

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Derek Joseph Johnstone
  • Date of birth: 4 November 1953 (age 66)
  • Place of birth: Dundee, Scotland
  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
  • Playing position(s): Defender / Striker

Senior career

  • 1970–1983: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 350, Goals: 131
  • 1983–1985: Team: Chelsea, Appearances: 4, Goals: 0
  • 1983: Team: → Dundee United (loan), Appearances: 4, Goals: 0
  • 1985–1986: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 19, Goals: 1
  • 1986–1987: Team: Partick Thistle, Appearances: 4, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1973–1979: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 14, Goals: 2
  • 1973–1974: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 2, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 1986–1987: Partick Thistle

With 210 total goals, the next player of the list of all-time top goal scorers in Rangers FC history is Derek Johnstone, a former Scottish footballer who played mainly as a striker during his career.

He spent most of his career with the Rangers and, in addition to being a striker, also had the ability to play in central defense and midfield. This feature made him a unique player in the Scottish national team, who was practically involved in the team's defense, midfield and attack.

 Among his honors we can mention:

Rangers

  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1971-72
  • Scottish League First Division/Premier Division: 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78
  • Scottish Cup: 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1980–81
  • Scottish League Cup: 1970–71, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82

Individual

  • SPFA Players' Player of the Year: 1977-78
  • SFWA Footballer of the Year: 1977-78
  • Scottish Football Hall of Fame: 2008

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Ralph Brand.

#6 Ralph Brand

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Ralph Laidlaw Brand
  • Date of birth: 8 December 1936 (age 83)
  • Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Youth career

  • Carrick Knowe
  • 1952–1954: Rangers
  • 1952–1953: → Slateford Athletic (loan)
  • 1953–1954: → Broxburn Athletic (loan)

Senior career

  • 1954–1965: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 206, Goals: 127
  • 1965–1967: Team: Manchester City, Appearances: 20, Goals: 2
  • 1967–1968: Team: Sunderland, Appearances: 31, Goals: 7
  • 1969–1970: Team: Raith Rovers, Appearances: 23, Goals: 5
  • 1971–1972: Team: Hamilton Academical, Appearances: 7, Goals: 2

National team

  • 1958: Team: Scotland under-23, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1960–1962: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 8, Goals: 8
  • 1961: Team: SFA trial v SFL, Appearances: 1, Goals: 1
  • 1961–1963: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 5, Goals: 8

Teams managed

  • 1972–1973: Darlington
  • 1973–1974: Albion Rovers

With 206 total goals, the next player in the list of highest goal scorers in Rangers FC of all time is Ralph Brand, a former Scottish footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career. Having played for several Scottish and English clubs, he managed two football teams for a short period of time after his retirement and worked as a taxi driver after leaving football altogether.

His honors are as follows:

Rangers

  • EFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runners-up: 1960–61
  • Scottish League First Division: 1958–59, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64
  • Scottish Cup: 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64
  • Scottish League Cup: 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1964–65

Manchester City

  • Football League Second Division: 1965–66

The next place in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Willie Reid.

#7 Willie Reid

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: William Reid
  • Date of birth: 3 May 1884
  • Place of birth: Baillieston, Scotland
  • Date of death: 1 May 1966 (aged 81)
  • Place of death: Baillieston, Scotland
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1903–1906: Team: Morton, Appearances: 26, Goals: 11
  • 1906: Team: Third Lanark, Appearances: 0, Goals: 0
  • 1906–1909: Team: Motherwell, Appearances: 59, Goals: 35
  • 1908–1909: Team: → Portsmouth (loan)
  • 1909–1920: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 217, Goals: 188
  • 1920–1922: Team: Albion Rovers, Appearances: 65, Goals: 36

National team

  • 1910–1915: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 8, Goals: 10
  • 1911–1914: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 9, Goals: 4
  • 1916: Team: Scotland (wartime), Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1916: Team: Scottish League (wartime), Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 1922–1929: Albion Rovers
  • 1931–1934: Dundee United

With 195 total goals, the next player in the list of top scorers in Rangers FC of all time is Willie Reid, a Scottish international football player and manager, who played as a striker during his football career.

His honors are as follows:

Rangers

  • Scottish Football League: 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13

Individual

  • Scottish First Division Top goalscorer: 1910–11, 1911–12

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Willie Thornton.

#8 Willie Thornton

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Willam Thornton
  • Date of birth: 3 March 1920
  • Place of birth: Winchburgh, Scotland
  • Date of death: 26 August 1991 (aged 71)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1936–1954: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 219, Goals: 138

National team

  • 1946–1952: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 8, Goals: 1
  • 1949: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 1954–1959: Dundee
  • 1959–1968: Partick Thistle
  • 1969: Rangers (caretaker)

With 194 total goals, the next player in the list of Rangers FC highest goal scorers ever is Willie Thornton, a Scottish footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

Having spent his entire football career as a player with the Rangers, he is one of the greatest players in the history of the club.

His honor as a manager with Dundee is:

  • Forfarshire Cup : 1954–55, 1955–56

The next player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Robert C. Hamilton.

#9 Robert C. Hamilton

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Robert Cumming Hamilton
  • Date of birth: 13 May 1877
  • Place of birth: Elgin, Scotland
  • Date of death: 1948 (aged 70–71)
  • Place of death: Elgin, Scotland
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • Elgin City
  • 1896–1897: Team: Queen's Park, Appearances: 0, Goals: 0
  • 1897–1906: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 164, Goals: 154
  • 1906–1907: Team: Fulham, Appearances: 29, Goals: 11
  • 1907–1908: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 11, Goals: 3
  • 1908: Team: Heart of Midlothian, Appearances: 5, Goals: 1
  • 1908–1910: Team: Morton, Appearances: 52, Goals: 25
  • 1910–1913: Team: Dundee, Appearances: 93, Goals: 37
  • Elgin City

National team

  • 1899–1911: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 11, Goals: 15
  • 1898–1904: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 7, Goals: 9

With 184 total goals, the next player of the list of Rangers FC top goal scorers ever is Robert Cumming Hamilton, a Scottish international footballer who played as a striker during his career.

He owed his fame to playing for Rangers for ten seasons,  and after retiring from football, he graduated from the University of Glasgow, became a schoolteacher and later a university professor.

And finally, the last player in the list of Rangers FC top scorers of all time is Andy Cunningham.

#10 Andy Cunningham

Rangers FC top scorers of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Andrew Cunningham
  • Date of birth: 31 January 1891
  • Place of birth: Galston, Scotland
  • Date of death: 8 May 1973 (aged 82)
  • Place of death: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Youth career

  • 1906–1907: Galston Riverside Rangers

Senior career

  • 1907–1909: Team: Newmilns
  • 1909–1915: Team: Kilmarnock, Appearances: 184, Goals: 74
  • 1915–1928: Team: Rangers, Appearances: 350, Goals: 162
  • 1928–1931: Team: Newcastle United, Appearances: 15, Goals: 1

National team

  • 1912–1928: Team: Scottish League XI, Appearances: 10, Goals: 1
  • 1915: Team: SFL XI (wartime), Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1920–1927: Team: Scotland, Appearances: 12, Goals: 5

Teams managed*

  • 1930–1935: Newcastle United
  • 1937–1940: Dundee

With 182 total goals, the last player of our list of all-time top goal scorers in Rangers FC history is Andrew Cunningham, a Scottish footballer who was playing as a striker during his football career.

Some of his honors are:

Rangers

  • Scottish League: 1918–19, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1927–28, 1927–28
  • Scottish Cup: 1927–28; Runner-up 1920–21, 1921–22
  • Glasgow Cup: 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25

Newcastle United

  • FA Cup: 1931–32

In this article we had a brief look on the Rangers FC top scorers of all time. In the articles we will review other top players of Rangers FC and their honors and achievements.

 

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