Rangers: top 30 players: Number three

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The remaining three players in our list effectively pick themselves, so it should come as no surprise to you that this winger has been rated in third place.

 

Scoring 75 goals in 540 appearances in all competitions is not the greatest strike-rate for a winger, but Davie Cooper was about more than just goals and he is deservedly recognised as one of the greatest to ever pull on a Rangers jersey.

 

After signing from Clydebank in 1977, Cooper play all but one game in a treble-winning campaign with the Gers before he earned two more cup trophies the following year. However, the 1978-79 campaign would be best remembered for his his effort against Celtic in the Drybrough Cup final - a goal that would be rated second only to Diego Maradona's magical World Cup moment against England in a list of best goals scored during the century.

 

The years that followed would see Rangers struggle in the top flight, with no top-two finish being recorded in seven successive seasons, but the club were dominant in the League Cup and Cooper picked up seven winners' medals in that competition alone.

 

Cooper added two more league titles to his collection before he eventually left to enjoy a successful period with Motherwell. If he had remained at Rangers, he could have gone on to break the all-time appearance record and end his time in the sport with another half-a-dozen league crowns but his departure from Glasgow takes nothing away from his standing at Ibrox.

 

Whether it is for his wing wizardry or array of magnificent goals, the memory of Davie Cooper will always live on at Rangers and in Scottish football.

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