VICTORIA – In anticipation of the July 21, Glasgow Rangers International Friendly, presented by Coast Capital Savings, Victoria Highlanders FC will spotlight the incoming Rangers roster, this time focusing on the forwards.
The Rangers are coming off a campaign that saw them go unbeaten in league play and secure the Scottish Professional Football League One title, earning themselves a promotion to Scottish football’s second tier of the league. The team is led into the 2014-15 season by a solid core of forwards that includes Lee McCulloch, Barrie McKay, Calum Gallagher, Jon Daly, Nicky Clark, Kenny Miller, and Kris Boyd.
The current Rangers FC captain enters his eighth season with the club. The versatile player, who can play any position on the field, has made 18 appearances for the Scotland national team. The 2012-13 campaign, the year he was named captain, saw McCulloch play primarily as a striker and helped carried the offence on his way to the 2013 Rangers Player of the Year Award. His resume includes 224 appearances with Wigan Athletic FC and 124 appearances with Motherwell. He is the most experienced player on the Rangers’ backline with 257 appearances in all competitions for Glasgow.
Barrie McKay, Winger
The 19-year-old was promoted to the first team in the 2012-13 campaign. He also scored Rangers FC’s first ever league goal outside the top division. The Paisley, Scotland native often plays outside but can also play main striker comfortably. He played for the Scottish U-18, U-19, and U-21 national teams in the span of a year as his stock rapidly rose. 2013-14 saw him spend a loan spell with Greenock Morton.
Gallagher joined the ‘Gers in 2010 after playing for local side Giffnock. The 19-year-old is entering his first full season with the senior squad. The Scottish national won a SFA Youth Cup with the ‘Gers last season and bolsters an already solid core of forwards for the Light Blues.
Jon Daly, Striker
The Dublin, Ireland native is primarily a striker that can also play central defence if the situation is called upon. The 31-year-old’s previous clubs include Stockport County (1998-2005), Bury (2004 loan), Grimsby Town (2004 loan), Hartlepool United (2005-2007), Bury (2006 loan), and Dundee United (2007-2013). His resume also includes appearances with the Republic of Ireland U-16, U-19, U-20, and U-21 national team squads in his younger playing days. Daly was the 2013-14 top goal scorer for the ‘Gers with 18 goals, and overall has registered 108 goals in his career.
Nicky Clark, Striker
Clark started his youth career with Rangers FC (2003-2006) before finishing it at Aberdeen (2006-2009). The Bellshill, Scotland native spent a loan spell with Peterhead (2009-2010) before signing with the club for the 2010-2011 campaign. His final stop before joining the ‘Gers in 2013 was a stint with Queen of the South (2011-2013). The 23-year-old registered nine goals in league play for Glasgow last season. His father, Sandy Clark, previously played for the ‘Gers in 1983-1984.
Kenny Miller, Striker
The 34-year-old striker is now in his third spell with the Light Blues having joined initially from Hibs for the 2000-01 campaign and returning for a hugely successful period between 2008 and 2011. Miller won three top-flight league titles, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup during Walter Smith’s reign before leaving for Bursaspor in January 2011. Following spells at Cardiff and Vancouver Whitecaps in America he has returned to Rangers, where he scored 67 goals in 147 appearances.
Kris Boyd, Striker
The 30-year-old enters his second spell with Rangers FC with his previous stint in 2006-2010. During that time, Boyd made 143 appearances for Glasgow. He started his senior career with Kilmarnock (2000-2006) and proceeded to have stints with Glasgow Rangers (2006-2010), Middlesbrough (2010-2011), Nottingham Forest (2011 loan, Eskisehirspor (2011), Portland Timbers of the MLS (2012), and a second stint with Kilmarnock (2013-2014). Boyd has made 18 appearances for the Scottish men’s national squad while recording seven international goals.
Rangers and Highlanders will face off in the 2014 Glasgow Rangers International Friendly. July 21 at University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium. Kick-off in the match is set for 6:00 p.m., tickets are on sale and available through Select Your Tickets at 250-220-7777. Additional information can be found through www.highlandersfc.ca.