1979–80 Rangers F.C. season

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Rangers
1979–80 season
Chairman Rae Simpson
Manager John Greig
Ground Ibrox Park
Scottish Premier Division 5th
P36 W15 D9 L14 F50 A46 Pts37
Scottish Cup Runners-up
League Cup Third Round
Cup Winners' Cup Second Round
Drybrough Cup Winners
Tennent Caledonian Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Derek Johnstone (15)

All:
Derek Johnstone (21)

The 1979–80 season was the 100th season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview[edit]

Rangers played a total of 52 competitive matches during the 1979–80 season. Rangers finished an embarrassing fifth in the league, eleven points behind champions Aberdeen, the main cause for such a poor showing in the league was pointed at the team's away form, only ten points from eighteen matches.

Aberdeen also knocked Rangers out of the Scottish League Cup over a two-legged third round tie. Rangers did reach the 1980 Scottish Cup Final only to lose out to Old Firm rivals Celtic, 1-0 thanks to a deflected George McCluskey shot in extra time, the European Cup Winner's Cup campaign was ended by the eventual winners Valencia CF after having seen off Lillestrøm SK and Fortuna Düsseldorf in previous rounds.

Results[edit]

All results are written with Rangers' score first.

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 1979 Hibernian A 3–1 17,731 A.MacDonald, Cooper, Russell
18 August 1979 Celtic H 2–2 36,000 J.MacDonald, Russell
25 August 1979 Partick Thistle A 1–2 20,000 Johnstone
8 September 1979 St Mirren H 3–1 31,000 Johnstone, Smith, Miller
15 September 1979 Aberdeen A 1–3 25,000 Johnstone
22 September 1979 Dundee H 2–0 25,000 Johnstone, Glennie (o.g.)
29 September 1979 Kilmarnock A 1–2 15,479 Johnstone
6 October 1979 Dundee United A 0–0 19,464
13 October 1979 Morton H 2–2 25,000 Johnstone (2)
20 October 1979 Hibernian H 2–0 25,000 Smith, Miller (pen.)
27 October 1979 Celtic A 0–1 61,000
3 November 1979 Partick Thistle H 2–1 18,400 Urquhart (2)
10 November 1979 St Mirren A 1–2 17,362 A.Forsyth
17 November 1979 Aberdeen H 0–1 18,500
24 November 1979 Dundee A 1–3 13,342 Jackson
1 December 1979 Kilmarnock H 2–1 16,557 Johnstone, Russell
8 December 1979 Morton A 1–0 14,750 Johnstone
15 December 1979 Dundee United H 2–1 19,240 Johnstone, Kopel (o.g.)
22 December 1979 Hibernian A 1–2 18,740 McLean
29 December 1979 Celtic H 1–1 34,500 Johnstone
5 January 1980 St Mirren H 1–2 19,000 Jardine (pen.)
12 January 1980 Aberdeen A 2–3 19,250 J.MacDonald, Jackson
23 February 1980 Morton H 3–1 28,000 Russell, Smith, J.MacDonald
1 March 1980 Hibernian H 1–0 29,500 Johnstone
12 March 1980 Dundee H 1–0 17,000 Stevens
15 March 1980 Partick Thistle H 0–0 22,000
19 March 1980 Dundee United A 0–0 9,533
29 March 1980 Aberdeen H 2–2 25,000 Jardine (pen.), J.MacDonald
2 April 1980 Celtic A 0–1 60,000
5 April 1980 Dundee A 4–1 12,948 Johnstone (2), Cooper, Smith
19 April 1980 Morton A 1–0 15,000 Russell
23 April 1980 Kilmarnock A 0–1 8,504
25 April 1980 Dundee United H 2–1 19,000 Jardine (pen.), McLean
30 April 1980 Kilmarnock H 1–0 7,655 J.MacDonald
3 May 1980 Partick Thistle A 3–4 15,000 Russell (2), Johnstone
7 May 1980 St Mirren A 1–4 12,000 Miller

Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
21 August 1979 QR1 Lillestrøm H 1–0 25,000 Smith
5 September 1979 QR1 Lillestrøm A 2–0 6,175 A.MacDonald, Johnstone
19 September 1979 R1 Fortuna Düsseldorf H 2–1 36,000 A.MacDonald, McLean
3 October 1979 R1 Fortuna Düsseldorf A 0–0 47,000
24 October 1979 R2 Valencia A 1–1 61,000 McLean
7 November 1979 R2 Valencia H 1–3 36,000 Johnstone

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26 January 1980 R3 Clyde A 2–2 12,500 Jardine (pen.), Jackson
30 January 1980 R3 R Clyde H 2–0 12,000 J.MacDonald (2)
16 February 1980 R4 Dundee United H 1–0 29,000 Johnstone
8 March 1980 QF Heart of Midlothian H 6–1 36,000 J.MacDonald (2), Cooper, Jardine (pen.),
Russell, Johnstone
12 April 1980 SF Aberdeen N 1–0 50,000 Johnstone
10 May 1980 F Celtic N 0–1 70,303

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
29 August 1979 R2 Clyde A 2–1 5,021 Dawson, Robertson
1 September 1979 R2 Clyde H 4–0 16,000 MacKay (2), Smith, O'Neill (o.g.)
26 September 1979 R3 Aberdeen A 1–3 22,000 Johnstone
10 October 1979 R3 Aberdeen H 0–2 35,000

Non-competitive[edit]

Drybrough Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28 July 1979 R1 Berwick Rangers H 1–0 15,000 A MacDonald
1 August 1979 SF Kilmarnock A 2–0 10,035 J MacDonald (2)
4 August 1979 F Celtic N 3–1 40,609 J MacDonald, Jardine, Cooper

Tennent Caledonian Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
3 August 1979 SF West Ham United H 3–2
5 August 1979 F Kilmarnock H 2–2

Appearances[edit]

Player Position Appearances Goals
Scotland Peter McCloy GK 50 0
Scotland George Young GK 2 0
Scotland Alex Miller DF 30 3
Scotland Ally Dawson DF 46 1
Scotland Sandy Jardine DF 51 5
Scotland Colin Jackson DF 42 3
Scotland Kenny Watson MF 26 0
Scotland Tommy McLean MF 39 4
Scotland Bobby Russell MF 33 8
Scotland Derek Johnstone FW 47 21
Scotland Alex MacDonald MF 39 3
Scotland Davie Cooper MF 43 3
Scotland John MacDonald FW 35 9
Scotland Gordon Smith FW 45 6
England Gregor Stevens DF 39 1
Scotland Derek Parlane FW 6 0
Scotland Alex Forsyth DF 11 1
Scotland Billy Urquhart FW 6 2
Scotland Gordon Dalziel MF 2 0
Scotland Billy MacKay MF 5 2
Scotland Tom Forsyth DF 22 0
Scotland Ian Redford MF 13 0
Scotland Chris Robertson FW 3 1

See also[edit]