On This Day: Jul 16

From Rangers.co.uk:

WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.

2011 – Rangers travelled to Northern Ireland to take on Irish Premiership champions Linfield in a pre-season friendly at Windsor Park.

Juan Manuel Ortiz slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner for the opener in the 21st minute.

Michael Carvill fired into the top corner for the equaliser but after the break Steven Naismith shot home the third after good work by David Healy. Nikica Jelavic tapped in from two yards and Kane Hemmings fired in the fourth.

1998 – Rangers signed French goalkeeper Lionel Charbonnier and striker Rod Wallace.

Speaking to the press upon signing, French goalkeeper Charbonnier said: “It’s never easy for a goalkeeper to join a new club when someone like him has just left. But I don’t want the Rangers fans to forget Andy Goram – I want to become a legend and be one of their favourites.

“However, I’m taking nothing for granted – I want to be No.1 but that’s up to me: I know there are other keepers at this club.

“It was difficult to leave Auxerre because I had been there for seven years but Rangers are a bigger, more ambitious club.

“The experience I gained there will benefit Rangers but they will also be good for me. Dick Advocaat is part of the reason I came here. But I had to leave Auxerre due to their lack of ambition.

“When we won something we would sell our best players and you can’t win regularly when you play youngsters all the time. Auxerre would buy young players but Rangers buy good, experienced players. This will be a great challenge for me.”

Wallace was also delighted to join the club, saying: “I had the chance to join Graeme at Benfica, West Ham wanted me and there was interest from Spain.

“However, once I heard Rangers wanted me there was no turning back. I played here for Leeds in 1992 and the passion of that night has always stayed with me.

“I’ve signed for three years and I am looking forward to it. I’ve watched a lot of Scottish football on SKY and I’ve heard it’s supposed to be tougher than it is in England.

“I like to play as a striker. I can play on the wing as well but you won’t get the best out of me there.”

2005 – The Gers also took on Northern Irish side Linfield on this day in 2005. Second-half goals from substitutes Peter Lovenkrands and Ross McCormack gave Rangers victory over Irish Premier side Linfield in Belfast.

New signings Federico Nieto and Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan made their debuts for the Scottish champions. Lovenkrands headed Rangers into the lead on 52 minutes from close-range after Thomas Buffel’s left-flank cross.

Rickson had a shot come off the Linfield bar before McCormack slid the ball past Alan Mannus for number two.

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