Rangers: top 30 players: Number one

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During March, we've worked our way through a list of the greatest 30 players to ever play for Rangers - now it's time to find out who finished in top spot.

 

There was very little to split John Greig and Ally McCoist, but it's the striker who gets the nod for the sheer amount of goals he scored during his 15 years in Glasgow. They were registered at a time when Rangers had very little competition in Scottish football, but McCoist is the main reason why the club famously won nine Scottish titles in a row.

 

In comparison to his Rangers stint as a whole, McCoist's first two seasons were average at best, but from the 1985-86 campaign onwards, he comfortably averaged better than a goal every two games in all competitions. Between the start of the 1986-87 season and the conclusion of 1996-97, Rangers won 10 Premier League crowns from 11 attempts, with McCoist scoring 201 goals along the way.

 

 

His total league record for the club reads 251 goals from 418 games, but he was equally successful in other cup competitions too. In the domestic cups, 83 goals were netted in 109 outings as he earned one Scottish Cup and nine League Cups.

 

As far as individual accolades were concerned, McCoist twice won the European Golden Shoe, while he sealed the SFWA Footballer of the Year and SPFA Player of the Year double in 1992. His goals probably warranted more than just one of each award over the course of his stay in Glasgow but that will matter little to McCoist.

 

Given the ongoing situation with Rangers and in modern-day football as a whole, his tally of 355 goals is unlikely to ever be touched and in some ways, it doesn't deserve to be. Rangers won their nine successive league titles as a team, but McCoist was the crown jewel of that side and he deserves permanent recognition for what he achieved.

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