Rangers face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park chasing their first title in the tournament since 2009, but where are the Gers’ squad from their last final in 2016 now?
The Ibrox natives make the short trip across Glasgow again on May 21 seeking to end a 13-year title wait. Rangers have not won the competition since clinching their 33rd trophy in a 1-0 win over Falkirk. But they came within 10 minutes of the title under Mark Warburton.
Warburton led Rangers to their last Scottish Cup final six years ago during his two years at the helm. But he could not add to the Gers’ Championship title and winning the Challenge Cup, with the Gers losing 3-2 against Hibernian despite leading 2-1 until the 80th-minute.
Anthony Stokes broke the deadlock for Hibs at Hampden Park in just the third-minute after meeting Jason Cumming’s pass. Kenny Miller’s header drew the Gers level midway through the first-half, before Andy Halliday put the Championship Rangers in front on 64 minutes.
It was not to be for the second-tier Gers, however, as Stokes struck again 10 minutes from time to equalise. Hibs captain David Gray then rose to head in Liam Henderson’s corner in the 92nd-minute to secure his side’s third trophy in the tournament, and first since 1902.
Rangers have rung the changes over the past six years, with just one player who started in their last Scottish Cup final still at Ibrox now. Two of those Warburton had in his opening XI will also line up against the Gers when they meet Hearts on May 21 after beating Celtic.
Wes Foderingham (GK): Now-Blades star started Rangers’ last Scottish Cup final
Wes Foderingham guarded Rangers’ net in their last Scottish Cup final in 2016, but he now stands between the sticks at Sheffield United. The goalkeeper left Ibrox directly for Bramall Lane in 2020 following his Gers contract expiring after five years with the Premiership side.
He helped Rangers regain their top-flight status as Championship champions in 2016 with 15 clean sheets over 36 games. Foderingham enjoyed 56 shut outs over his 143 games for Rangers across all competitions, but is now the first-choice name in Sheffield United’s goal.
James Tavernier (RB): Now-Rangers captain started Gers’ last Scottish Cup final
James Tavernier was among the starters in Rangers’ last Scottish Cup final appearance and is now the only one remaining at Ibrox who lost to Hibs in 2016. The right-back featured at Hampden Park under Warburton in his first season in Glasgow after joining from Wigan.
He played a key role in the Gers reaching the Hibs clash, as well, with four assists over six appearances – including one in the final. Tavernier will now be a key threat under Giovanni van Bronckhorst when Rangers face Hearts on May 21 as the Gers captain since July 2018.
Danny Wilson (CB): Former Hearts defender started Rangers’ last Scottish Cup final
While Hearts face Rangers in the 2022 Scottish Cup final, the defender started for the Gers in the Ibrox outfit’s last appearance six years ago having left Tynecastle for Glasgow a year prior. He would remain with the Glasgow natives until joining Colorado Rapids in 2018.
Wilson started his career in Rangers’ academy before breaking through for his senior bow in 2009. Liverpool signed the defender one year later, but he only spent three seasons at Anfield before joining Hearts initially on loan. Wilson is still with Colorado in MLS today.
Rob Kiernan (CB): Starter from last Rangers Scottish Cup final now in USLC
Rob Kiernan was among the starters from Rangers’ last Scottish Cup final but now plies his trade in America’s second-tier. The Gers had signed the defender from Wigan in 2015 after four years with the Latics. He would remain at Ibrox up to joining Southend United in 2017.
The former Republic of Ireland U21 international spent three years with Southend before moving across the pond to Orange County. There, Kiernan enjoyed another two years up to his release in December 2021. Yet the defender returned in April on a short-term deal.
Lee Wallace (LB): Starter from last Rangers Scottish Cup final now set to leave QPR
Lee Wallace started his career with Salvesen before joining Hearts’ U20 side in 2003. His senior debut would follow before leaving Tynecastle for Rangers in 2011, where the left-back remained for another eight years up to his release and joining Queens Park Rangers.
The 34-year-old is now back on the market as a free agent, though, as Wallace will leave QPR when his contract expires in June. He has already played his final game for the club, after 63 appearances. Wallace amassed 262 outings for the Gers and 150 while at Hearts.
Andy Halliday (CM): Rangers scorer from last Scottish Cup final now at Hearts
Halliday might have scored for Rangers in the Gers’ last Scottish Cup final, but the 30-year-old will now be aiming to net against the Ibrox natives when they face his Hearts squad on May 21. The midfielder moved to Tynecastle in 2020 after leaving Ibrox earlier that year.
The 30-year-old would win a cup trophy at Rangers in the 2015/16 Scottish Challenge Cup over 152 appearances. He has never played for a club more often than he did for the Gers after returning to Glasgow in 2015, having played in their academy for three years to 2006.
Jason Holt (CM): Livingston star among Warburton’s men from Hibernian defeat
Jason Holt started his career at Hearts after joining the Jambos in 2002 aged just nine, and he remained there until joining Rangers in 2015. His Gers career would not be as long after leaving for Livingston in 2020, but featured his most senior appearances to date with 115.
The Edinburgh-native also won his only cup trophy with the 2015/16 Scottish Challenge Cup with Rangers. Holt was key to the Gers’ title that term with four assists – including one in the final against Peterhead – along with one goal to break the deadlock in the semi-final.
Gedion Zelalem (CM): Former Rangers loanee now back at New York City FC
Gedion Zelalem spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Rangers from Arsenal and started in the Gers’ last Scottish Cup final appearance. The Berlin-born former Germany and United States youth star held a regular role at Ibrox with 29 games for one goal and eight assists.
His career did not maintain the same pace after returning to north London, where the 25-year-old only played four games. After a loan spell to VVV-Venlo, the Gunners released the midfielder to join Kansas City. He later joined New York City FC in 2020 after nine games.
Unfortunately for Zelalem, a move to the Big Apple was not the one he would have hoped kickstarted his career. The Pigeons released the playmaker in January 2021, only to bring him back in March 2021. Yet Zelalem remains an outcast on the fringes at Yankee Stadium.
Martyn Waghorn (RW): Starter from last Rangers Scottish Cup final now at Coventry
Warburton continued his summer 2015 raid on Wigan by signing Martyn Waghorn after Rangers’ deals for Tavernier and Kiernan. The forward enjoyed a prolific first season in the Scottish Championship with 20 goals in 25 games, but could not match it in the top-flight.
He would leave Ibrox for Ipswich Town in 2017 before moves to Derby County in 2018 and Coventry City in 2021. Waghorn agreed to sign a two-year contract with Coventry, but his debut season was disappointing with one goal and two assists in 27 Championship games.
Kenny Miller (ST): Rangers icon now assistant manager at Falkirk
Rangers icon Miller started the Gers’ last Scottish Cup final appearance, but he is now the assistant manager at Falkirk. The 70-cap Scotland striker hung up his playing boots in 2020 after leaving Partick Thistle to pursue a full-time calling in coaching after a 20-year career.
Falkirk appointed Miller to their backroom team in December 2021 to work with Martin Rennie. He would later step in as caretaker boss, but Falkirk snubbed the Gers hero for the permanent job despite the five-time Premiership winner wanting the head new coach role.
Barrie McKay (LW): Starter from last Rangers Scottish Cup final now Hearts star
Barrie McKay will be hoping to avoid another Scottish Cup final defeat when he now faces Rangers at Hampden Park. The forward joined Hearts last September as a free agent after leaving Swansea City at the end of his contract following three years with the Welsh outfit.
The winger has been a mainstay at Tynecastle since his arrival and given a creative threat under Robbie Neilson. McKay was not always an attacking influence with Rangers with 20 goals and 39 assists in a career-high 140 outings, including in their last Scottish Cup final.