2003-04 Rangers F.C. Season
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2003%E2%80%9304 Rangers F.C. Season

Rangers
2003-04 season
ChairmanJohn McClelland
ManagerAlex McLeish
GroundIbrox Stadium
Scottish Premier League2nd
P38 W25 D6 L7 F76 A33
Scottish CupQuarter-finals
League CupSemi-finals
Champions LeagueGroup Stage
Top goalscorer
Highest home attendance49,962 vs Aberdeen
(22 November)
Lowest home attendance29,395 vs St Johnstone
(3 December)
← 2002-03
2004-05 →

The 2003-04 season was the 124th season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview

Rangers played a total of 52 competitive matches during the 2003-04 season. The season ended trophyless. Due to the club's financial situation they had to resort to selling many top players. These included Barry Ferguson, Lorenzo Amoruso and Neil McCann, they also released high earners Arthur Numan and Bert Konterman.

Despite starting the season well with seven consecutive wins and topping the table, a 1-0 loss at home to Celtic in October saw Rangers season unravel. Inconsistent form and three old firm derby defeats saw Rangers fall behind Celtic in the title race and ended up finishing 17 points off top spot.

The Scottish Cup campaign ended in the third round after a 1-0 defeat to Celtic. The League Cup campaign also ended in defeat at the semi-final stage to Hibernian at Hampden Park, 4-3 on penalties.

In Europe Rangers managed to qualify for the group stages of the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League with a win over F.C. Copenhagen in the third qualifying round. They were drawn in the group stages alongside English Champions Manchester United, Stuttgart and Panathinaikos. Despite earning 4 points from the first two matches Rangers were to finish bottom of the group.

Players

Squad information

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Germany Stefan Klos 32 1998 296 0 2007 £0.7m
2 DF Netherlands Fernando Ricksen 27 2000 254 20 2009 £3.75m
3 DF Australia Craig Moore (captain) 28 1999 (Winter) 252 14 2006 0.9m
6 MF Scotland Barry Ferguson 26 1998 255 38 Youth system left on 29 August
7 FW Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze 27 2001 132 57 2005 £2m
11 MF Scotland Gavin Rae 27 2004 (Winter) 11 2 2007 £0.25m
12 DF Scotland Bob Malcolm 24 1997 115 3 2007 Youth system
14 MF Serbia Dragan Mladenovi? 29 2004 9 0 2008 £1.1m
15 DF Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili 23 2003 (Winter) 63 0 2008 Free
16 DF Italy Paolo Vanoli 32 2003 42 1 2005 Free
17 MF Scotland Chris Burke 21 2000 44 5 2007 Youth system
18 DF England Michael Ball 25 2001 72 2 2006 £4m
19 FW Scotland Steven Thompson 21 2003 (Winter) 64 20 2006 £0.2m
32 DF Scotland Alan Hutton 20 2002 24 1 Youth system
21 DF Scotland Maurice Ross 24 2000 107 3 2007 Youth system
22 GK Scotland Allan McGregor 23 2001 11 0 Youth system
24 DF France Grégory Vignal 23 2004 42 3 2005 Loan
26 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands 25 2000 135 36 2006 £1.3m
27 MF Scotland Stephen Hughes 22 1999 90 7 Youth system left 31 January
  • Last updated: 22 May 2005
  • Source:Players transfer, popflock.com resource players' articles
  • Ordered by position on pitch.

Transfers

In

No.
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
20 MF Portugal Nuno Capucho 31 Porto Portugal Transfer Summer 2005 £0.67m [1]
15 DF Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili 21 Dundee Transfer Summer 2006 Free [2]
16 DF Italy Paolo Vanoli 30 Bologna Italy Transfer Summer 2005 Free [3]
25 DF Norway Henning Berg 33 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer 2004 Free [3]
4 MF Brazil Emerson 31 Atlético Madrid Spain Transfer Summer 2005 Free [4]
9 FW Norway Egil Østenstad 31 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer 2004 Free [5]
37 MF Tunisia Hamed Namouchi 19 Cannes France Transfer n/a 2005 Free [6]
MF France Marc Kalenga 18 Auxerre France Transfer n/a 2004 Free [6]
11 MF Scotland Gavin Rae 26 Dundee Transfer Winter 2007 £0.25m [7]
5 DF Netherlands Frank de Boer 33 Galatasaray Turkey Transfer Winter 2004 Free [8]
52 FW North Macedonia Bajram Fetai 18 B.93 Denmark Transfer Winter 2006 £0.2m [9]

Last updated: 8 December 2014
Total spending: £1.12m

Out

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
25 DF Norway Dan Eggen 33 Free agent End of contract Summer n/a [10]
5 DF Netherlands Arthur Numan 33 Retired End of contract Summer n/a [10]
7 FW Argentina Claudio Caniggia 35 Qatar SC Qatar End of contract Summer n/a [10]
FW Scotland Stephen Dobbie 20 Hibernian End of contract Summer n/a [10]
DF Scotland Marc Twaddle 16 Falkirk End of contract Summer n/a [10]
MF Scotland Jimmy Gibson 20 Clyde End of contract Summer n/a [10]
15 DF Netherlands Bert Konterman 32 Vitesse Arnhem Netherlands End of contract Summer n/a [10]
16 DF France Jérôme Bonnissel 30 Fulham England End of contract Summer n/a [10]
44 DF England Paul Reid 21 Northampton Town England Transfer Summer £0.1m [11]
3 DF Italy Lorenzo Amoruso 32 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer £1.4m [12]
11 MF Scotland Neil McCann 28 Southampton England Transfer Summer £1.5m [13]
6 MF Scotland Barry Ferguson 25 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer £7.5m [14]
17 DF Australia Kevin Muscat 30 Millwall England Transfer Summer Free [15]
30 GK Denmark Jesper Christiansen 25 Viborg FF Denmark Contract terminated Winter n/a [16]
9 FW Norway Egil Østenstad 32 Free agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [17]

Last updated: 31 January 2004
Total received: £10.5m

Player statistics

No. Player Position Appearances Goals
1 Germany Stefan Klos GK 46 0
2 Netherlands Fernando Ricksen DF 42 1
3 Australia Craig Moore DF 25 2
4 Brazil Emerson MF 18 1
5 Netherlands Frank de Boer DF 17 2
6 Scotland Barry Ferguson MF 5 0
7 Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze FW 29 15
8 Germany Christian Nerlinger MF 21 5
9 Norway Egil Østenstad FW 17 2
10 Netherlands Michael Mols FW 45 12
11 Scotland Gavin Rae MF 11 2
12 Scotland Robert Malcolm DF 17 0
14 Netherlands Ronald de Boer MF 21 3
15 Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili DF 38 0
16 Italy Paolo Vanoli DF 35 1
17 Australia Kevin Muscat DF 0 0
18 England Michael Ball DF 43 1
19 Scotland Steven Thompson FW 19 8
20 Portugal Nuno Capucho MF 32 6
21 Scotland Maurice Ross DF 30 1
22 Scotland Allan McGregor GK 6 0
23 Spain Mikel Arteta MF 33 9
24 Scotland Steven MacLean FW 0 0
25 Norway Henning Berg DF 30 0
26 Denmark Peter Løvenkrands MF 36 13
27 Scotland Stephen Hughes MF 28 3
29 Denmark Jesper Christiansen GK 0 0
30 Scotland Chris Burke MF 26 4
32 Scotland Alan Hutton DF 11 1
37 Tunisia Hamed Namouchi MF 9 3
38 Scotland Darryl Duffy FW 3 0
40 Scotland Alex Walker MF 2 0
45 Scotland Charlie Adam MF 2 0
48 Scotland Gary MacKenzie DF 2 0
49 Scotland Robert Davidson FW 1 0
50 Scotland Ross McCormack FW 1 0
52 North Macedonia Bajram Fetai FW 1 0

Disciplinary record

Club

Matches

Scottish Premier League

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2003 Kilmarnock H 4-0 49,108 Løvenkrands, Mols, Arteta (2)
16 August 2003 Aberdeen A 3-2 16,348 R. de Boer, Arteta, Mols
23 August 2003 Hibernian H 5-2 49,642 Mols (2), O'Connor (o.g.), Arteta, Burke
31 August 2003 Dundee United A 3-1 11,111 Capucho, Arveladze, Arteta (pen.)
13 September 2003 Dunfermline Athletic H 4-0 49,072 Thompson, Mols, Arveladze, Capucho
21 September 2003 Heart of Midlothian A 4-0 14,732 Arveladze (2), Løvenkrands (2)
27 September 2003 Dundee H 3-1 49,548 Arveladze (2), Vanoli
4 October 2003 Celtic H 0-1 49,825
19 October 2003 Motherwell A 1-1 10,824 Arveladze
25 October 2003 Livingston A 0-0 9,627
1 November 2003 Partick Thistle H 3-1 49,551 Arteta (2, 1 pen.), Mols
9 November 2003 Kilmarnock A 3-2 12,204 Arveladze (2), Capucho
22 November 2003 Aberdeen H 3-0 49,962 Løvenkrands (2), Hughes
30 November 2003 Hibernian A 1-0 11,160 Hughes
6 December 2003 Dundee United H 2-1 49,307 Capucho, Løvenkrands
14 December 2003 Dunfermline Athletic A 0-2 8,592
20 December 2003 Hearts H 2-1 49,592 Arveladze, Burke
28 December 2003 Dundee A 2-0 10,948 Capucho, Ball
3 January 2004 Celtic A 0-3 59,087
17 January 2004 Motherwell H 1-0 48,925 Arveladze
24 January 2004 Livingston H 1-0 48,638 Nerlinger
1 February 2004 Partick Thistle A 1-0 8,220 Løvenkrands
11 February 2004 Kilmarnock H 2-0 46,900 Moore, Namouchi
14 February 2004 Aberdeen A 1-1 15,815 F.de Boer
21 February 2004 Hibernian H 3-0 49,698 Arveladze, Mols, Thompson
29 February 2004 Dundee United A 0-2 10,497
13 March 2004 Hearts A 1-1 14,598 Moore
20 March 2004 Dundee H 4-0 49,364 Løvenkrands, F.de Boer, Rae, Thompson
23 March 2004 Dunfermline Athletic H 4-1 47,487 Hutton, Løvenkrands, R.de Boer, Mols
28 March 2004 Celtic H 1-2 49,909 Thompson
4 April 2004 Motherwell A 1-0 8,967 Hughes
14 April 2004 Livingston A 1-1 6,096 Mols
17 April 2004 Partick Thistle H 2-0 49,279 Thompson, Rae
24 April 2004 Dundee United A 3-3 8,339 Thompson (2), Namouchi
1 May 2004 Motherwell H 4-0 47,579 Arteta, Ross, Namouchi, Thompson
8 May 2004 Celtic A 0-1 59,180
12 May 2004 Hearts H 0-1 47,467
16 May 2004 Dunfermline Athletic A 3-2 6,798 Ricksen, Burke, McCormack (pen.)

UEFA Champions League

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 August 2003 QR3 FC Copenhagen H 1-1 47,401 Løvenkrands
27 August 2003 QR3 FC Copenhagen A 2-1 35,519 Arteta (pen.), Arveladze
16 September 2003 GS VfB Stuttgart H 2-1 47,957 Nerlinger, Løvenkrands
1 October 2003 GS Panathinaikos A 1-1 13,718 Emerson
22 October 2003 GS Manchester United H 0-1 48,730
4 November 2003 GS Manchester United A 0-3 66,707
26 November 2003 GS VfB Stuttgart A 0-1 50,348
9 December 2003 GS Panathinaikos H 1-3 48,588 Mols

Scottish Cup

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 January 2004 R3 Hibernian A 2-0 11,392 Arveladze, Løvenkrands
8 February 2004 R4 Kilmarnock A 2-0 11,072 R.de Boer, Arveladze (pen.)
7 March 2004 QF Celtic A 0-1 58,735

League Cup

Game
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
28 October 2003 League Cup R3 H Forfar Athletic 6-0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
26,327
Referee
Rangers Forfar Athletic
3 December 2003 League Cup QF H St Johnstone 3-0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
29,395
Referee
Rangers St Johnstone
Goal 16 Burke
Goal 59 Østenstad
Goal 90 Mols
5 February 2004 League Cup SF N Hibernian 1-1
(3-4 pen.)
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
27,954
Referee
Hibernian Rangers
Goal 79 Dobbie
Goal 40 Mols

Last updated: 8 December 2014
Source: popflock.com resource article
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

Friendlies

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 July 2003 Greuther Fürth N 2-0 3,500 Thompson (2)
19 July 2003 VfB Auerbach A 5-1 2,500 Mols (3), Capucho, Løvenkrands
19 July 2003 Erzgebirge Aue A 1-0 2,500 R.de Boer
22 July 2003 Jahn Regensburg A 1-2 5,000 Nerlinger
26 July 2003 Everton H 2-3 28,000 Thompson, Mols
30 July 2003 Linfield A 3-0 13,284 R.de Boer, Dowie, MacLean
5 August 2003 Arsenal H 0-3 37,000

Competitions

Overall

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Scottish Premier League -- -- 2nd 11 August 4 May
Scottish Cup Third round -- Quarter-finals 29 July 18 September
League Cup Third round -- Semi-finals 7 August 31 October
UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round -- Group stage 29 September 2 February

Source: Competitions

Scottish Premier League

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic 38 31 5 2 105 25 +80 98 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Rangers 38 25 6 7 76 33 +43 81 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 19 11 8 56 40 +16 68 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
4 Dunfermline Athletic 38 14 11 13 45 52 −7 53
5 Dundee United 38 13 10 15 47 60 −13 49
Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. ^ As Celtic, the 2003-04 Scottish Cup winners, qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the place in the UEFA Cup was passed onto Dunfermline Athletic, the cup runners-up.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
18 14 3 1 51 14  +37 45 8 0 0 26 3  +23 6 3 1 25 11  +14

Last updated: 2 January 2013.
Source: 2003-04 Scottish Premier League

Results by round

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAAHHHAAHAHAHA
ResultWWWWWWWLDDWWWWWLWWLWWWWDWLDWWLWDWDWLLW
Source: 2003-04 Scottish Premier League
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

References

  1. ^ "Capucho joins Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 June 2003.
  2. ^ "Rangers seal Zura deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 July 2003.
  3. ^ a b "Berg signs on at Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 August 2003.
  4. ^ "Gers win Emerson race". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 August 2003.
  5. ^ "Ostenstad joins Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 August 2003.
  6. ^ a b "Gers snap up French duo". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 September 2003.
  7. ^ "Rangers parade signing Rae". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 December 2003.
  8. ^ "Rangers sign second de Boer". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 January 2004.
  9. ^ "Rangers sign young striker". BBC Sport. 31 January 2004.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "SPL ins and outs". BBC Sport. 4 August 2003.
  11. ^ "SPL ins and outs". BBC Sport. 4 August 2003.
  12. ^ "Blackburn sign Amoruso". BBC Sport. 14 July 2003.
  13. ^ "McCann makes Saints switch". BBC Sport. 5 August 2003.
  14. ^ "Rovers sign Ferguson". BBC Sport. 29 August 2003.
  15. ^ "Millwall land Muscat". BBC Sport. 29 August 2003.
  16. ^ "Christiansen leaving Rangers". BBC Sport. 16 January 2004.
  17. ^ "Ostenstad to leave Ibrox". BBC Sport. 19 December 2003.

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