The return to top flight football has been a four year emotional roller-coaster for Scottish side Rangers FC.  

Rangers 1-0 win over Dumbarton saw them clinch the Scottish Championship title, and promotion back into the Premier League.

In 2012, the 144 year old club entered administration, followed by liquidation and were starring down the barrel of complete extinction. 

They faced the unavoidable task of re-entering the Scottish professional league and working their way from the ground up. 

League Two:  League winners by 24 points

Manager- Ally McCoist

League One: League winners by 39 points


Ally McCoist

Scottish Championship:

Things weren’t as cruisy for the Glasgow club in the Scottish Championship. Faced against last years relegated rivals Heart of Midlothian F.C.


Hibernian F.C, Rangers heartbreakingly lost the play-off final against Motherwell after finishing 3rd on the table. 

Another change in ownership led to the emergence of soon to be hero, Mark Warburton. 

Ironically, it was an Englishmen who sent Rangers in an upward spiral to the top flight of Scottish football.



of the Championship was no trouble for Warburton, as he successfully clinched promotion to the top flight of football with four games still remaining. 

“There are a lot of bad moments in football. This club has had those in the last four or five years…” said Warburton. 


Warburton’s biggest challenge of the season awaits, as Rangers host arch-rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final. 

The ‘Old Firm’ derby is one of the most fierce and well known rivalries in football. 

Rangers were triumphant last time they hosted Celtic, winning 3-2 in a thriller back in the 2011-12 season.  

Former Celtic player/manager Neil Lennon recently came out and asked the question whether Warburton was ready for the derby. 

 “If you can’t deal with that, don’t be in the business.”

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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