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The bad news for Scottish football is this is as bad as it gets for Glasgow Rangers- Walter Smith after losing the 1998 Scottish Cup final to Hearts. We won the treble the very next year.

I only ever have a drink when we win a trophy. That's why people think I'm an alcoholic. - Ian Ferguson

Ibrox really is a special place. It's incredible the bond fans have with parts of the ground. They can remember the day Baxter passed from here or there, and from where Gazza scored. I remember at training spotting little burnt areas. These were from people who had sneaked in at night and sprinkled the ashes of former fans on the pitch. - Sandy Jardine

That development will remain a monument to the club's forefathers who believed only the best was good enough for Rangers. - Club historian David Mason on the rebuilt Ibrox Stadium

A wonderful club when you're winning. A tough old club when you're not. - Richard Gough.

I want to stay at Rangers for life. - Carlos Cuellar in April 2008. He left 4 months later.

Just walking through those doors every day was an absolute pleasure. - Dave McKellor, former keeper who spent a year at Ibrox.

I told them I didn't collect losers' medals and threw it away. I think a couple of kids fought over who would get it. - Graeme Souness after losing the 1989 Scottish Cup final.

Nine out of ten. Must do better. - Rangers advertising slogan for selling the home shirt right after we failed to collect our 10th title in a row.

He took his curiosity to extremes; it was not unknown for Struth to carry out simple surgical procedures himself on terrified footballers laid out on the dressing room at Ibrox. - Journalist Alex Murphy on Bill Struth.

I feel that it's a great privilege that the club still allows me to work here. - John Greig on his PR role.

I was lying in bed on a Saturday morning, reading the paper, when my phone went. The caller was Rangers director, Jack Gillespie, and he offered me the manager's job at Ibrox. I was flattered but declined with thanks. John Greig was a good friend of mine and I had no intention of being involved in ousting him. - Sir Alex Ferguson

I still think about those people every single day of my life. - John Greig on the victims of the Ibrox Disaster

Everyone injured was to receive a visit from a player or an official and the club was to be represented at every funeral. If an injured fan had a favourite player and word got back to Ibrox, Mr Waddell would make sure that player made a personal visit. No one could say Rangers didn't respond to the tragedy. Willie Waddell was magnificent. - Sandy Jardine on the Ibrox Disaster of 1971.

Other than getting a couple of blokes with balaclavas to beat him up, I have no idea how to cope with Brian Laudrup. Jim Duffy.

I would honestly play them every single week. - Ally McCoist on Celtic.

For every £5 Celtic spend, we will spend £10. - Former chairman Sir David Murray. He stuck to those words well...

You can put on my gravestone that Andy Goram broke my heart. - Tommy Burns.

It was my first ever game against Celtic and Tommy Burns kept giving me encouragement, saying I was having a good match and to keep it going. I couldn't believe it. Derek Ferguson

Happy New Year, Bhoys. - Ally McCoist to the Celtic players who were unhappy at a penalty award.

He is a fantastic player...when he isn't drunk. - Brian Laudrup on Paul Gascoigne.

I always said a team who drinks together, wins together. - Richard Gough.

I was welcomed to Ibrox by McCoist and Durrant spraying Ralgex all over my underpants. - Iain Ferguson

And the winner is...oh, it's me again. - Ally winning BBC Sportscene Personality of the Year award.

He had the fattest backside in football at the time. - Walter Smith on Ally McCoist after he scored the winner in the '93 League Cup final.

Police Officer: Mr McCoist, do you have a police record?

Ian Durrant: Walking On The Moon.

I'll play for Rangers as long as I can, then spend the rest of my life being depressed. - Ally McCoist

Sorry, Mr Chairman, but this is the earliest I've been late for a long time. - Ally again.

I felt their player needed sorting out. - Fernando Ricksen after he karate kicked Darren Young.

I told McCoist that the chairman had never been late for work in his life, yet he was an hour late this morning. Walter Smith after Ally and Sir David shared a bottle of wine over contract talks.

I don't like being called Kevin. Ted McMinn.

Ally was good enough to phone my wife and tell her I wasn't too badly injured. I asked him what she said and his reply was: "Trevor, she can't believe I'm not playing!" - Trevor Steven

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury...oh, that was last week.Ally McCoist one week after an incident outside East Kilbride.

I never played for Rangers. There was a cripple and a Catholic in front of me. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown.

I spent the last 10 minutes constantly asking the referee to blow for full time. I had nothing left. John Greig talking about the '72 Cup Winners' Cup.

The Spanish police did what was natural to them. The Rangers fans did what came naturally to them and charged. Jock Wallace on the '72 pitch invasion.

My fellow Bears. - Then Motherwell manager Alex McLeish.

Scottish football is full of hammer throwers. Graeme Souness.

I won't be fining players for getting sent off. Graeme Souness after he was sent off.

The best signing I ever made at Rangers was Walter Smith. Graeme Souness

If I have one regret in my career, it is that I did not join Rangers a lot sooner. Ray Wilkins.

I'll tell you what my real dream is. I mean my absolute number one dream that will mean I die a happy man if it happens. I want to see a UFO. They're real. I don't care if you look at me like that. UFO's are a definite fact and I've got to see one soon. Paul Gascoigne

I think Jock Wallace made me captain because I knew more versions of The Sash than he did. Jimmy Nicholl.

You have to remember we have our blue noses to go along with our orange shirts. Dick Advocaat.

One of the best years of my life was the very last one of my career. Playing for Rangers was my dream and it meant everything to my family. Andy Gray

Fuck off. I've got a pub to run and goats to feed. Andy Goram after Sir Alex phoned up to ask him to play for United because they had no one else. He thought it was a prank from Ally McCoist.

Keep Believing. The famous Rangers catchphrase started by Marvin Andrews.

I'm signing for the biggest club in Scotland. - Steven Naismith.

Peter Drury: And they are wild. Nacho Novo with one kick of the ball to take Rangers to Manchester. The ball isn't sat on the spot. Manchester brace yourself... Rangers are coming! Scotland will have its big night as well. The Scots are heading for Manchester and you know what? Manchester may not be big enough. - ITV4 commentary on the night Rangers made it to the UEFA Cup Final.

First is everything; second is nothing. - Fernando Ricksen on May 22nd 2005

I wish he had been Brazilian. - Pele on Jim Baxter

When Rangers come knocking, you don't turn things like that down. Neil Alexander

Bobby Shearer: How you feeling son?
Young debutant: 'I'm a bit worried, Mr. Shearer'.
Bobby Shearer: 'When you pull on the Rangers jersey it's them who'll be worried'.

When people ask: "Would you rather play centre than in the half-back line?" my answer comes off my lips as though from a tape recorder: "I don't care where I play so long as I wear the Rangers colours. - Jimmy Millar

I would do those 2 years over and over again for the rest of my life. - Paul Gascoigne

I was confident before it started, son. - Jock Wallace

Rangers like the big strong powerful fellows, with a bit of strength and solidity in the tackle, rather than the frivolous, quick moving stylists like Jimmy Johnstone, small, tiptoe-throughs the tulips type of players who excite people. - Willie Waddell

Rangers have treated me so well, the fans have become like a family to me. No matter how much money was put in front of me, I would never sign for Celtic. Nacho Novo

Celtic could offer me all the money in the world, I'd never play for them, I simply wouldn't do that to Rangers, my fans and to myself. - Jorg Albertz

In Scotland, I have to say I'm more fond of Glasgow Rangers - not celtc - and there is a great player who played for them, who is still alive today, Willie Henderson. I met up with him recently when Benfica played celtc again" - Eusébio

See you next year. - Dick Advocaat's acceptance speech after winning Manager of the Year.

They can’t give me the blue shirt of the Rangers. - Alex Willoughby explaining to the press why he rejected a move to Manchester United.

But as things stand the Rangers boss must look at that lot and know himself he has NO CHANCE of winning the league. Four-in-a-row is in the bag for Celtic. It's over now. Finished. Anyone who tries to tell me differently either needs to sit down with a stiff drink - or watch a re-run of the Old Firm sides in action on Wednesday night. The league is done and dusted. - Quotes from John Hartson's article in The Sun in March 2009. We won the league 2 months later.

THEY say the SPL title is priceless - but it's not. Rangers sold it for £400,000. When Celtic lift the trophy, and they WILL, the grasping money-men at Ibrox will only have themselves to blame.... There's now nothing to stop my wee pal Neil Lennon winning his first title. - Another John Hartson prediction in April 2011. Rangers won the league after Celtic slipped up at Inverness.

Ever since last weekend, I have been looking at the papers and this guy Charlie Nicholas. I don't know much about him, although I know that he played for Scotland. I think he scored five goals for the national side - so that pretty much says it all. I am 22 and have beaten that record at a professional level already. I read his quotes about me and I think he's a joke. Did he play for Celtic? I don't have a clue. I know pretty much all the top footballers and at first, I wondered if he was a cricketer. I had never even heard of him. I've now heard stories about 'Champagne Charlie', so basically I just laugh at him. I think he's a joke. Obviously, he has to go on the TV and make a couple of points. It's happened to a few players, also fellow Rangers players, and I don't think he's fit to lace their boots. - Kyle Lafferty on Charlie Nicholas.

Rangers cannot, and never shall be, second best. - John Lawrence, former chairman and director.

It doesn't take away from the fact that we have a problem, I think you need to be blind to think we don't have a problem that for a team of our standing we should not have, and my concern is that that will continue. But everything will not be all right at the end of the season. It will only get worse. We are delighted to be in the final, but anybody who thinks it is going to get better in the summer is deluding themselves. My concerns for Rangers for the long term – not even in the long term, for the end of the season – are genuine concerns as being a supporter as much as being a manager. - Walter Smith after making the 2010 League Cup final.

And this year the final is in Manchester which is almost within walking distance of Scotland. It will be a real invasion. Those Rangers fans who don't get tickets for the stands will gather around the stadium - and their chanting will be deafening inside. Personally I prefer the kind of football which Zenit play. They have the more talented players but Scottish teams are strong with their passion. These Bravehearts won't just surrender. I'm sure that the Rangers led by Walter Smith - whose work I like a lot - will give Zenit a real fight. - Jose Mourinho

He was, for me, one of the greatest players I'd ever seen. - Ruud Gullit on Davie Cooper

Whatever one's local football loyalties, it has to be admitted that Glasgow Rangers constitute the most important contribution ever made to Scottish football. Even from their first days, they were a force in the land and, from then, they have gone on to win more titles, trophies and competitions than any other club and to have provided more players for the Scotland team than any other. They were to become rich, powerful and well-nigh invulnerable on the pitch and to attract the largest support of any club in Britain. - John Cairney

Reporter: Will you miss annoying the Celtic fans?
Novo: (pause) Yes.

That is the story of the Rangers. They have had good times and bad times, critical times and times of exultation. No club with the same modest origin can claim so distinguished a record of achievement. They were not born in the lap of luxury. They have been the architects of their own fortune, and, simply because of that, they have become equipped with the moral resistive force to grapple with adversity, which is better than being coddled in the cradle and whining when the wind blows cold. May all who look upon the old club with a friendly eye stand prepared, by precept and example, to protect its interests and its good name. - Former editor of The Daily Record, John Allan.

I drank in Protestant pubs and I was caught up in it. I don't hide from that. I don't regret it, and I'm not ashamed of it. I am a Rangers man, and in my eyes Rangers men don't play for Celtic. Did I hate Celtic when we played them? Yes, of course I did. I ran out of the tunnel detesting the sight of them and even now I hate it when I see Gers players cuddling Celtic players. - Andy Goram

Rangers have done so much to bolster Scotland's football prestige; much more, let's face it, than any other club, both at home and abroad, that they are looked on almost as a national eleven. They could be called the Scots Guards of football in this country. - Hugh Taylor

'Royal' Rangers, the side with the most dedicated fans of all, fans who will follow their team to the ends of the earth. They are Scotland nowadays - in the same sense that Real Madrid is Spain. Hugh Taylor

I'll play anywhere for Rangers. - Kyle Lafferty

And always, in this broad picture of Scottish football, one name towers above the rest like a colossus, and the name is, of course, Rangers. There is no getting away from it, nor indeed is there any reason why one should try to get away from it. The club, the fans, the players, all have their imperfections, but Rangers are the greatest football club in Scotland, have been so for many years, and very probably always will be, as long as the game is played. This is a fact of football life, and cannot reasonably be argued with. - John Fairgrieve

However, the more formidable the challenge, the more earnest will be our efforts. And to The Rangers supporters, the most loyal on earth, I can make the firm promise that no energies will be spared by this club to ensure that the mighty traditions of the past will be continued. - John Lawrence

Perhaps I may be permitted to claim that I did not let the old club down. But I must immediately add that my task was made infinitely lighter by the loyalty and support of all those around me and to them I pay homage. No sacrifice was accepted as such so long as it was for the club, no undertaking impossible and no victory for the individual. Because the family spirit within these walls has been nutured and shielded as a treasured cause. - Bill Struth

Never fear, inevitably we shall have our years of failure, and when they arrive, we must reveal tolerance and sanity. No matter the days of anxiety that come our way, we shall emerge stronger because of the trials to be overcome. That has been the philosophy of the Rangers since the days of the gallant pioneers. - Bill Struth

They never, ever get tired of winning things - Paul Mitchell, BBC Scotland commentator after the League Cup victory.

I’ll probably think that (this is just an exhibition game) until I wake up in the morning and say, ‘I get to play Rangers tonight. Regardless of what kind of team they brought or who they’re playing, it's still Rangers. Not many people can say they ever did that. - Landon Donovan when Rangers played LA Galaxy in a end of season friendly in 2007.

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