My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
Rangers Ladies play in the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) and at the mid-season split, they sit in 4th place meaning they will be competing for the title. Here’s all you need to know about them:
Manager: Kevin Murphy
Stadium: Petershill Park
Rangers were formed in 2008, merging with Paisley City Ladies and taking their place in the Scottish Women’s Football League (SWFL) First Division. In their debut season, they won the league, finishing 10 points ahead of second placed Inverness Ladies, to achieve promotion to the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
After three seasons of finishing in the bottom six, they have developed to become a top six side. Last season, they had their best ever league finish, as the ended up as runners-up to Glasgow City – but only ahead of Hiberian on goal difference.
They have also finished as Scottish Cup Runners-Up on two occasions. In 2009, they lost 5-0 to Glasgow City, whilst in 2010, they narrowly lost to Hibernian 2-1.
In the first phase of the SWPL, Rangers finished in 2nd position and only dropped four points – drawing with Spartans and losing to Glasgow City. However, this form dropped in the second phase as they picked up 15 points from a possible 30 – losing twice to Glasgow City, once to Spartans and drawing with Aberdeen, Hibs and Spartans. Despite this and the good form of Hibs, they held onto second place by a vastly superior goal difference to Hibs.
They were knocked out of the SWP League Cup in the First Round by Spartans who beat them 1-0.
After comprehensive wins over Hearts (12-0) and Falkirk Ladies (22-0), they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the Quarter-Finals by Aberdeen who won 2-1 after extra-time.
Rangers started their league campaign strongly, keeping three consecutive clean sheets as they defeated Hamilton, Hutchison Vale and Spartans. This good start came to an end as Aberdeen beat them 2-0.
There have been a couple of other blips, losing notably to Hearts 1-0 as well as being defeated by Hibs. But they have won their other games, most significantly beating their Old Firm Rivals Celtic 2-1. Their final game before the split saw them lose 3-0 to Glasgow City.
Their SWP League Cup had a feeling of deja vu as once again, they were beaten in the Fist Round 1-0 by Spartans.
Last weekend, they comprehensively won their Scottish Cup Second Round 14-0 against Forfar Farmington.
2014: SWPL – 2nd – 43 points.
2013: SWPL – 5th – 33 points.
2012: SWPL – 9th – 24 points.
2011: SWPL – 7th – 26 points.
2010: SWPL – 8th – 28 points.
2008/09: SWFL First Division – 1st – CHAMPIONS – 54 points