Video of the Day: Morton vs Rangers, October 1980
Mark Warburton seems to have cracked it at Rangers this season. Twelve points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship with just two games having been lost and with a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic to look forward to, the club seems set to take its place in the Scottish Premier League next season, and tonight they can take another step towards promotion when they entertain Morton at Ibrox. Today, therefore, seems like an opportune moment to go back in time to another transitional period for the club, and an away match against tonight’s opposition.
Now, we can argue back and forth over whether this is the same club or not, but that’s not a debate that I feel particularly inclined to get involved with. The late 1970s and early 1980s were a transitional period for Rangers FC. This was most visually noticeable in the redevelopment of Ibrox itself. Following the 1971 stadium disaster, it was clear that Ibrox had to change, and the bowl-shaped Ibrox’s new look was modeled on the Westfalenstadion, the home of Borussia Dortmund in West Germany. With plans made public in 1977, the ground was rebuilt on three sides between 1978 and 1981, and upon its completion it was, perhaps, the most modern in the United Kingdom.
This coincided with a slump in form on the pitch. The 1979/80 season ended with Rangers finishing in fifth place in the Scottish Premier League, and the following season saw the club finish in third place in the table, behind Celtic and Aberdeen. Our match today sees Rangers take a trip to Greenock to play Morton at Cappielow Park. It’s an entertaining game that ends all square, and commentary for it comes from Archie MacPherson.
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