Jamie Currie: My Greatest Rangers Memories

By Jamie Currie
 March 19, 2020

When you sit and think about your favourite Rangers memories, it often leaves you sitting daydreaming with a big cheeser on your face. But when you’re trying to whittle it down to a few for pieces like this one, it’s difficult to pick your favourites. 

So, I am going to share some of my favourite matches from the time I started regularly attending Ibrox in the 1996/97 season and explain why these matches stood out and the memories I have from each match – and instead of going for the obvious matches, I’m going to think outside of the box with my selections. 

Rangers 4-3 Hearts – Coca Cola Cup Final (24 November 1996)

It was the first cup final I attended. To be honest, I can’t remember much pre-match or how I was feeling at the time. But if I had to pick a match that would be symbolic of supporting Rangers over the years with all the ups and downs and general excitement – it would have to be this one. It wasn’t great being stuck behind a restricted view at Parkhead but being small it didn’t hamper my viewing. 

I can always remember Gazza and Ally going at it at half-time, Neil McCann having a stormer and Gazza waltzing through the Hearts defence twice to score. But what sticks out most is seeing Rangers lift that trophy for the first time live. 

We’re longing those days to return. 

Rangers 5-0 Sturm Graz (12 September 2000) 

Five goals, great football, Ronald de Boer in full flow, complete with a Billy Dodds cheeky lob for the fifth. It was a great night at Ibrox and one that certainly wowed me. We knew that this Advocaat side was capable, but to take apart Sturm Graz limb-by-limb and it wasn’t even that fact that made the game so memorable for me. It was Ronald de Boer’s performance, socks rolled down, sheer class and after a slow start to his Rangers career this was one of the occasions where Ibrox saw what he was capable of in a blue shirt. It wasn’t just De Boer’s magic. There was Albertz, Van Bronckhorst and the rest. It was a magnificent performance and a great night. 

Rangers 2-0 Parma (11 August 1999)

Probably the best European atmosphere I’ve experienced at Ibrox. The place was jumping and this victory was a special one. Parma already had knocked us out of the UEFA Cup the season before and rocked up at Ibrox with a team full of stars: Buffon, Cannavaro etc. However, they were soundly beaten but Michael Mols’ display that night was frightening. 

He turned Cannavaro inside out that often that he was in the showers before the rest of his teammates. Additionally, Tony Vidmar cutting inside Thuram, and beating Buffon was incredible. 

However when Claudio Reyna found the net, the ground was shaking, the bouncy was in full flow and Rangers had beaten a damn good side. What a night. 

The Lovenkrands Cup Final – Rangers 3-2 Celtic (4 May 2002) 

The obvious one. The late goal. The nerves walking up from the ash parks to the turnstiles and of course, Barry Ferguson lifting the trophy. It was magic. Even better to see the Celtic end emptying so quickly after the goal and being in amongst the pandemonium. 

One thing in particular comes to mind immediately when discussing this match. My Dad as Ferguson lined up the free-kick, he said: “We need this to go in, Son, please.” It did. And I always remember him having a tear in his eye at that moment. I don’t know why. And I still bring it up to him and he denies it, but it was always a memory that sticks out when thinking back and discussing this match. 

Rangers 4-0 East Fife (7 August 2012)

It was a long summer and we had just seen Rangers in the Challenge Cup. Sun was shining and Rangers were back at Ibrox. The match was immaterial. Penny Arcade was blasted over the tannoy and the sun was shining . I envisaged that I would get a bit emotional to see Rangers play East Fife. But it was a relief more than anything. It was a pretty surreal and sobering experience. 

Rangers 2-2 Celtic - 4-3 win on penalties (17 April 2016)

 

Surreal when you turn behind you and Montrose midfield maestro Terry Masson is behind you. However, the match itself is the most physically drained I’ve been leaving a football stadium. High of Miller’s goal, Barry McKay’s wonder goal, and the nerve-racking experience of penalties. The sheer fear when Nicky Law was heading towards the penalty spot was indescribable. The save from Foderingham from Brown, and Rogic’s penalty ending up on the moon. 

I wasn’t alone, but I certainly needed a lie down after that one. 

Celtic 0-1 Rangers (29 December 2019)

The day we got our belief back. It hadn’t been a bed of roses for Steven Gerrard, but this aggressive, dominant display was a favourite of mine. 

The jubilant scenes at the final whistle were amazing; hugs everywhere. And a support who had been kicked and laughed at for so long, had a derby victory. It’s not even the Jack goal that stands out as the most important moment of the match, even though it was. Andy Halliday steaming through Oliver Ntcham was the catalyst for that victory and as we see now, the day Rangers lost their fear of Celtic. 

An honourable mention to the UEFA Cup final 2008, Helicopter Sunday and the goal difference title win in 2003, and of course nine in a row. Those have been done to death on various platforms.

Written by Jamie Currie (@jamiecurrie89)

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