Rangers: top 30 players: Number four

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Ally McCoist receives the most credit for Rangers' nine successive league titles, but the Glasgow giants also needed an influential leader at the back.

 

After spells with Dundee United and Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers signed defender Richard Gough for £1.5m towards the end of 1987 - a sizeable fee for a centre-back in those days - but the club got value for money as Gough helped guide the club through one of its most successful periods in its history.

 

Rangers only finished third during Gough's first campaign, but from then onwards, it was one-way traffic in Scotland as Rangers won every league title between 1989 and 1997. Ally McCoist and co were doing the business in the final third, but at the back, Gough was part of a defence who were conceding considerably less than a goal per game over the nine-year period.

 

From an individual perspective, Gough made at least 36 appearances in all competitions each season, regularly weighing in with goals delivered from set pieces. During his two spells with Rangers - the second coming four months after he left in the summer of 1997 - he played 318 times in the league, scoring 25 goals. He featured a further 106 times in all competitions.

 

Gough couldn't help Rangers to a 10th successive title in 1997/98, but it took away nothing from his standing at Ibrox. He won nine league crowns and nine cup competitions in Glasgow, and has deservedly been inducted into both the Rangers and Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

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