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I was there when the undefeated season of Rangers & #39 collapsed on the last day | Robin mckie

R they are angry at Ibrox on Saturday in their last match Aberdeen is playing in the Scottish Premiership. The match will mark the end of an amazing season for the champions. Rangers who win or just draw will at least finish with. ” will go through the best season without points and league defeats.

Yet, as I can vividly remember, this is not the first time such a flattering prospect has arisen at Ibrox. Fifty-three years ago, in the last game of the season • Fifty-three years ago, in the last game of the season, April 27, 1968. And yes the game was against Aberdeen and yes we knew that if Rangers win or draw, it means they have spent the league season without losing.

But there was a strange change in this intriguing championship claim. The rangers had a chance not to be defeated, but unlike this season, they were absolutely not sure that they would win the league. Far from it. Then, led by Jock Stein, Celtic lost one match (1-0 against Rangers), tied three more matches and won the rest. The Rangers made five draws, won the rest but scored much less goals.

Given that you scored two points for a league win in those days, the arithmetic kept both sides in balance 61 numbers where Celtic had a huge scoring advantage. Celtic would only lose if they couldn't win against Dunfermline at home. And there was little possibility for that.

Still, tens of thousands of people came to Ibrox to celebrate our team's undefeated success in the league for the entire season and left themselves ready not to do so. Boiler. It could have been quite a big success: the Rangers, the undefeated losers of Scottish football.

Unfortunately, even this impossible feat was not destined to happen. Dave Smith takes Rangers 11 before Dave Johnston reaches Aberdeen. Then, early in the second half, Ibrox exploded when a young Alex Ferguson took them to the lead. Aberdeen looked fine until he replied via Johnston again. The rangers threw everything at Dons, but their opponents were determined before they left for Ian Taylor's win at the last minute.

alex ferguson scores for rangers in a 5-0 league win at home against stirling albion in march 1968.
Alex Ferguson scored a 5-0 home league goal for Rangers against Stirling Albion in March 1968. Photo: Topfoto / PA

He was a real patient. Aberdeen players rejoiced in a stadium in silence. Then the booing started and the crowd poured their anger and disappointment under the direction of the Rangers, who, it must be said, had made some pretty bad decisions that season. Chief among these was the board's decision to dismiss Scot Symon as manager in November, despite the team being at the top and Symon bringing Ibrox six league titles, five Scottish Cups and four League Cups.

As the team's former Scottish football dominance slowly dissolved, Rangers' fate began to drastically change. In Stein's first three seasons at Parkhead, they had run Celtic close, but fell short each time. The Aberdeen match was the final insult.

Stein dominated Parkhead for another six seasons, leading Celtic to nine consecutive league wins. In contrast, David White, who was brought in to save Symon and the saviors, lasted less than two seasons and became the first manager to win any major prizes at the club.

And so it went for the mental health of the Ibrox loyalists for so many seasons – apart from Rangers' 3-2 win over Dynamo Moscow in the European Cup Winners' Cup final in Barcelona). However, nothing is certain and settled in football – the Rangers of the 's have returned to their victorious ways, and eventually Graeme Souness and Walter Smith in the 80s and 90s.

steven gerrard celebrates rangers' title triumph in march with fans gathered outside ibrox.
Steven Gerrard celebrates Rangers' title victory in March with fans gathered outside of Ibrox. Photo: Robert Perry / PA

These victories were reversed respectively in 1972 when the club was forced to become manager tration and dropped into Scotland's bottom division. But after another eight tough years, the team returned to dominate Scottish football once again and thrived under the guidance of Steve Gerrard, who now proves himself a master tactician and a master motivator. Rangers' future looks bright under the leadership of a man who is definitely destined to have a successful career in football management.

So it's clear that it's a very different background compared to Saturday's match. I endured with 53 years ago. The rangers are on top of a wave very different from the hole they were about to dive into. There is now the possibility of a rosy future for football at Ibrox. How long it will take is another matter.

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