A moment in time

A moment in time: Rangers’ Treble win of 2002/03

Rangers may be the most successful football team in Scottish history, however, they have not been able to get their hands on any major silverware since the 2010-11 season.

The Light Blues, who went through liquidation and had to effectively start over once again in the fourth tier of Scottish football in the 2012-13 campaign, made a fairly swift return to the top-flight following three promotions in four years.

However, since the Ibrox outfit have been back in the Scottish Premiership, they have yet to get their hands on any piece of silverware, whether that be the league or domestic trophies.

Steven Gerrard is the latest man to take the helm at the Glaswegians and will be tasked with trying to end their Old Firm rivals Celtic’s almost complete dominance and take the blue side of the city back to their heyday.

As well as being one of the most successful teams to have ever played the game in Scotland, the Gers have managed to achieve a total of seven Trebles in their history, however, one of those feats could stand out as inspiration for the new manager to try and draw from.

A moment in time: Rangers Treble-winning year of 2002-03

Rangers last achieved the feat in the 2002/03 campaign when Alex McLeish was at the Ibrox helm and had the likes of Ronald de Boer, Barry Ferguson and Shota Averladze in the side.

The trio mentioned managed to bag themselves 44 goals between them in that year, whilst the likes of Michael Mols, Claudio Caniggia and Peter Lovenkrands also recorded double figures that year.

The Light Blues had managed to add a couple of players to their side that season, however, the addition of Mikel Arteta proved to be an inspired capture for the Glaswegians.

A Barcelona graduate, he became a mainstay in his first year at the club and went onto score a handful of goals as he helped guide Rangers to another Treble-winning year.

However, what would have made that year even more special would have been the fact that Rangers pipped Celtic to the league title by just one goal.

Once the season had finished, both sides had finished on 97 points apiece, with an identical record when it came to wins, draws and losses.

However, the Gers’ goal difference was superior by the solitary goal and gave McLeish’s side a famous Treble.

Obviously, it would be too much for Gerrard to be asked to achieve in his first season, however, he could look to use this moment of the club’s history as a chance to turn the times around and bring the success that the Rangers fans desire back to Ibrox.

The Light Blues have fallen just short of Scottish League Cup success, having been beaten in the semi-final, whilst their Scottish Premiership effort appears to be in vain as they sit five points off the leaders, although, they do have a game in hand over Heart of Midlothian.

Rangers, however, have been performing well in the Europa League this season and have managed to secure some impressive results along the way, so it remains to be seen if Gerrard can guide them to an unlikely success in European competition.

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