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Rangers: top 30 players: Number nine

He was denied the chance to continue his career into his thirties due to World War II, but Jimmy Smith achieved plenty during his time at Rangers.


After making just two appearances for Scotland, you could be forgiven for thinking that Jimmy Smith didn't live up to expectations during his time at Rangers, but to say that he fulfilled his potential at Ibrox would be an understatement.


Rangers were already dominating Scottish football when he joined the club in 1928, and although it took him some time to become a regular in the first team, when fit, he would rarely be dislodged from the starting lineup after he netted 21 goals in as many matches during the 1930-31 campaign.


During the eight years that followed, Rangers won five league titles and four Scottish cups and the main reason was Smith, who regularly scored over 30 goals per season. One of his most important contributions came in 1934-35 as he scored a total of 43 goals from 38 fixtures as he proved the difference between first and second spot.


He would also help the Gers score over 100 goals in a season on five occasions between 1931 and 1939, with 118 strikes being registered in 1931-32 and 1933-34 respectively. They are remarkable tallies that will probably be never seen again.


Smith ended his time at the club with 249 goals in 259 appearances in all competitions.

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