Mr. RangersFACTS himself Gary Havlin looks back on 8900-plus league goals for Rangers and asks who will net number 9000...
By Gary Havlin | Contributor
The free scoring exploits of the Rangers squad so far this season could see a goal scoring milestone reached two years earlier than our history would suggest.
Saturday's four goals versus East Fife takes the seasons tally to the 42 mark and, by my count, onto 8,918 league goals since the inception of the Scottish Football League.
Since the Scottish League kicked off in 1890 it has taken on average 14 years for Rangers to score 1,000 goals. The 8,000th goal was scored on 10th August 2002 by Shota Arveladze in a 3-0 victory v Dundee. (This match was delayed by 50 minutes when the new smart card season ticket system suffered a power failure.) So history tells us the 9,000th league goal should be scored sometime in 2016, in keeping with the 14 year 1,000 league goal average.
Goals Galore so far...
Our goal average this season stands at 4.2 goals per game, and with 26 league matches to play the 9,000th league goal could be nestling in the onion bag before the season ends if we keep scoring on as regular a basis as we have been. A difficult task, of course, although even from now until the end of the season our average can still drop to 3.2 goals per game which will see us reach the 9,000 mark in the last match of the campaign. (The .2 is important!)