Rangers fans are increasingly frustrated by lack of trophies over the past decade


Rangers face Celtic in the Viaplay Cup final on Sunday (Picture: Metro)

Rangers fans have been largely starved of success since their downfall into the bottom tier of Scottish football back in 2012 and they made their feelings known to boss Michael Beale last weekend.

In their last match before the Ibrox side face Celtic at Hampden in Sunday’s Viaplay Cup final, a banner stating ‘Two trophies in 11 years, uphold the standards that matter’ was held up by supporters during the 3-0 win at Livingston.

Understandably, that stat does not include Rangers’ three lower-league titles as they took four seasons to reclaim their place in the top tier in 2016 – but the hard fact is that since returning to the Premiership, they have won just one league title and one Scottish Cup, both of which came in the last two seasons.

Beale might be searching for his first trophy but the long-suffering Ibrox support have made it known that this is a must-win final.

A Celtic success – and another possible Hoops Treble – is unthinkable to the Govan faithful.

If Beale can pull it off and land the first silverware of the season, a trophy the club have won a record 27 times, he would be able to relax a little knowing that the title was lost under predecessor Giovanni van Bronckhorst – and even if Celtic did win the league and Scottish Cup double, the Englishman would have earned some breathing space.

Disgruntled Rangers fans hold up their banner just after kick-off

Disgruntled Rangers fans hold up their banner just after kick-off (Picture: Shutterstock)

Steven Gerrard’s side won the title and thrived in Europe, while van Bronckhorst led Gers to last season’s Scottish Cup and the Europa League final. So while the Champions League campaign earlier this season was a disaster, the club have restored their pride on foreign fields. But the fans are rightly concerned that they are still second-best on the domestic front.

Since Rangers last won the League Cup, beating Celtic in the 2010-11 season, the Hoops have won ten league titles, six League Cups and five Scottish Cups.

Beale, though, insists no matter the result on Sunday, he has a big job on his hands as he tries to bring back the glory days to Ibrox.

He said: ‘Of course we want to win the League Cup but there is bigger things in my mind after that and it is part of ticking a box in terms of where I ultimately want to take us.

‘We want to win the League Cup, we want to win all the cups in front of us, but that is not ultimately why I am here. I am here to win the league and we are behind in that.

‘After this weekend, we have a lot of work to do, regardless of the outcome. This is a one-off game, a cup final between two rivals and both teams will go head-to-head.

‘But come Monday morning, whatever the outcome, I still have a big job to do.’

Rangers manager Michael Beale and Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou pose with the trophy

Rangers manager Michael Beale (left) and Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou pose with the trophy (Picture: Shutterstock)

On the other side of the divide, Ange Postecoglou is enjoying the good times but he knows how easily things can change. The Aussie initially struggled after joining the Hoops in the summer of 2021 but he has now imposed his playing style and philosophy on Celtic, and the trophies have followed.

He won last season’s League Cup and the league title, and his side still enjoy the nine-point gap at the top of the Premiership that they opened up before the World Cup.

The Hoops boss believes the 50/50 ticket split on Sunday, in contrast to the recent norm with only 700 to 800 away fans allowed into Old Firm games, will enhance the occasion.

He said: ‘I think it does. It is a different atmosphere, it is a real derby atmosphere. When we play at Celtic Park or Ibrox, the atmosphere is very parochial in one way, for the home team.

‘I think it is an advantage, absolutely. We feel that when we play at Celtic Park, having our supporters there, 60,000 of them, helps us.

‘But in terms of the spectacle and a derby, having it split, particularly in a cup final, adds to the theatre of it. I think the players and everyone involved enjoy that because you get a bit of everything in there.’

Last three Old Firm League Cup finals

2019 – Celtic 1 Rangers 0

The sides last met in the League Cup final on December 8, 2019, as Neil Lennon just got the better of rival boss Steven Gerrard with Christopher Jullien grabbing the Hoops winner. Rangers dominated most of the game, but were undone almost singled-handedly thanks to a masterclass from Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Celtic’s Jeremie Frimpong was sent off for fouling Alfredo Morelos in the box late on but Forster capped a brilliant display by saving the Colombian’s spot-kick.

2011 – Rangers 2 Celtic 1

The Ibrox side, under the stewardship of Walter Smith, last lifted the trophy back on March 20, 2011, with Nikica Jelavic hitting a 98th-minute winner after Celtic’s Joe Ledley had cancelled out Steven Davis’ opener against Neil Lennon’s Bhoys.

2009 – Celtic 2 Rangers 0

The game on March 15, 2009 went to extra-time after a goalless 90 minutes. Darren O’Dea’s header edged Gordon Strachan’s Hoops in front after two minutes of extra time before Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot was sent off for Walter Smith’s side for a professional foul on Aiden McGeady in the box in the last minute of extra-time. The winger then dusted himself down before slotting home the spot-kick clincher.

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