Rangers: top 30 players - Number 30

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He isn't held in the same regard as the likes of Ally McCoist, but for four years, Shota Arveladze added goals and class in the Rangers attack.

 

Ending his playing days as the highest goalscorer for the Georgian national team will probably be the highlight of Shota Arveladze's career, but his success during his time with Rangers between 2001 and 2005 will also fill him with pride.

 

Rangers were aware that they had pulled off a significant coup in signing Arveladze from Ajax, and he didn't disappoint at Ibrox as he netted 57 times in 132 appearances in a trophy-laden spell in Glasgow.

 

The highlight of his time in Scotland was undoubtedly two Scottish title triumphs as Rangers went toe-to-toe against a formidable Celtic side who had been transformed under the guidance of Martin O'Neill.

 

The Bhoys would win two league crowns by 18 and 17 points respectively, but Rangers' success was sweeter, with Arveladze scoring 15 goals in 30 games as Rangers emerged victorious on goal difference in 2002-03 and by one point in 2004-05, a campaign in which Arveladze added six goals in 24 showings.

 

His goal return weakened in his final 12 months before he left on a free transfer, but overall, Arveladze was a huge hit at a time when Scottish football had never been so competitive.

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