Rangers make Thursday change at Ibrox after years-long wait for success ended
Rangers have set about changing the giant trophy displays on the outside of Ibrox after their Scottish Cup win this season, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The club ended the 13-year drought in the competition with a 2-0 victory over Hearts last week (21 May) after extra-time.
Ryan Jack and Scott Wright scored at Hampden Park to ensure Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side didn’t go empty handed this year.
At long last the number on the side for the Gers’ home has been changed from 33 to 34 to represent the latest success.
After a decade in the doldrums the cup win is the club’s 117th major domestic honour, to add to the Premiership title won under Steven Gerrard last term.
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It may be somewhat of an anti-climax after the rollercoaster ride that was the Europa League run but a trophy is a trophy, and considering the club’s recent history this one is more important than many.
For a side the size of the Bears to go over a decade without lifting either domestic cup, despite almost going out of existence in that time, is far too long.
So the number 34 on the side of the stadium is an important one.
Fans might prefer to have seen the outline of the Europa League trophy being plastered next to it, after the heartbreaking penalty shoot-out loss in Seville three days prior to the Hampden victory, but it was important for van Bronckhorst and his squad to have something tangible to show for the season.
With plenty of change expected among the playing staff over the summer it was also the last chance for the core of the side that took the club back to the top to win something before they are broken up.
Calvin Bassey is attracting major interest, Allan McGregor may retire, and Connor Goldson’s contract is up to name just a few of the standout figures from the most recent trophy wins.
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