The Rangers are champions again – what was their team like at the start of the trip?


The Rangers were crowned Scottish champions for the first time in 10 years.

Steven Gerrard’s side completed the final leg on a remarkable climb that began deep in the lower leagues of Scotland.

Here, the PA news agency looks back on the team Ally McCoist tinkered with on July 29, 2012, when the Gers were forced to pick up the pieces following the club’s financial collapse.

NEIL ALEXANDER: Rangers number one in their Third Division campaign, but was replaced by Cammy Bell the following season. Won a championship title with Childhood Hero Hearts before retiring after helping Livingston win promotion to the elite. Now the Dundee United goalkeeper coach.

KIRK BROADFOOT: Leaves Ibrox a month later to move to Blackpool. The UEFA Cup finalist is now on his second stint at Kilmarnock after a brief return to St Mirren.

DORIN GOIAN: was loaned to Italian club Spezia after the victory at Glebe Park. He reportedly cashed £ 430,000 when Gers agreed to terminate his contract with Ibrox the following season, paying off in full for the last year. Did some stints in management in his native Romania.

CARLOS BOCANEGRA: Vowed to stay and lead the Gers’ ascent through the leagues – only to be forced to rethink when he lost his place on the US national team. He was loaned to Racing Santander and ended his career with a stint in MLS. Now a member of the Board of Directors of the American Football Federation.

LEE WALLACE: Named captain when Mark Warburton took over from Ibrox in 2015. Was the only member of the 2012 top squad still at the club when the Light Blues returned to the Premiership in 2016, but was ousted of the post of captain following a failure. with interim boss Graeme Murty. Now reunited with Warburton at QPR.

BARRIE McKAY: Gave a surprise start against Brechin before making 41 appearances in his breakthrough season. His career in the Gers seemed to have come to a standstill before Warburton’s appointment triggered a turnaround. Scored a Hampden screamer against Celtic but was sent off by Pedro Caixinha. Now in Fleetwood.

IAN BLACK: Played as a trialist at Glebe Park before landing a three-year contract. Won his only Scottish cap while playing with the Rangers in the fourth tier, but struggled to convince the Gers loyalists before being released in 2015. He was last seen donning his boots with the Junior Dunbar United team.

KYLE HUTTON: When confided to Paul Scholes during a Champions League clash, he failed to carve out a place alongside McCoist as they struggled back into the lower leagues. Joined the Lowland East Kilbride league team last summer.

LEWIS MacLEOD: Launched for his debut against Brechin. Seemed to have a bright future ahead of him but was sold to Brentford in 2015 for £ 800,000 as Gers financial worries increased. Wrestled with injuries and now on the books at Plymouth.

ANDY LITTLE: Gives the Gers the lead just four minutes after the start of the Glebe Park clash and ends the season with 25 goals. Was released a year later before a move to Preston failed as injuries took their toll. Now, I take care of real estate investment as well as some media work.

LEE McCULLOCH: Spared further humiliation in the Gers with his overtime winner against Brechin. Put on the captain’s armband after Bocanegra left, but couldn’t bring Gers back to the top of the elite as they crashed into Motherwell in the 2015 play-off final. Moved to Kilmarnock, but was then sacked after an 18-month tenure as boss. Now Robbie Neilson’s number two at Hearts.

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