Where are they now? Two of Walter Smith’s title-winning team have returned to help Steven Gerrard claim his first Scottish Premiership title with Rangers a decade on… and another has switched Ibrox for Rugby Park, the scene of their 2011 triumph
- RANGERS ARE CHAMPIONS: Gers seal first Scottish Premiership since 2011
- That success 10 years ago was clinched on the final day against Kilmarnock
- Steven Davis and Allan McGregor were part of both squads a decade apart
- Sportsmail look at what happened to the rest of Walter Smith’s champions
It’s now almost 10 years since Rangers won not only their last title but their last major trophy.
Requiring a victory at Rugby Park on May 15, 2011 to ensure they’d stay a point ahead of Celtic, Walter Smith’s men got the job done early with a Kyle Lafferty double coming either side of a Steven Naismith goal within the opening seven minutes.
Nikica Jelavic added some sheen to the score early in the second half with Lafferty completing his hat-trick before James Dayton’s consolation.
It proved to be the perfect send-off for manager Smith before handing over to Ally McCoist yet that day marked the Ibrox club’s last major prize before plunging into insolvency and having to work its way back up from the bottom tier.
Here, Sportsmail’s JOHN McGARRY looks at what became of the 14 men who featured for the visitors that afternoon.
It is 10 years since Rangers last lifted the Premier League title after victory at Rugby Park
After the club hit the wall financially, the goalkeeper objected to his contracted being transferred to a new company and joined Turkish side Besiktas on a two-year deal.
Returned to British football with Hull City after just one year, though, and played in the 2014 FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.
Injury then cost him his place but a loan move to Cardiff turned his fortunes around.
Returned to Rangers in 2018 and has been one of the outstanding performers of the Steven Gerrard era. Out of contract this summer.
Allan McGregor left the club in 2012, before returning at the same time Steven Gerrard arrived
With Rangers bound for League Two, the full-back also objected to his contract transferring to Charles Green’s company and he signed for Premier League Norwich City on a four-year deal.
Went down with the Canaries in 2013-14 but set up one of the goals against Middlesbrough as they were promoted via the play-offs 12 months later.
Played less frequently after the side again dropped down and rejoined first club Hibs after being freed in 2017.
Played under Neil Lennon, Paul Heckingbottom and Eddie May – who he assisted as caretaker. Joined Dunfermline last summer where he has taken his first steps as a coach.
Steven Whittaker is currently at Dunfermline and making his first foray into coaching
Bosnian defender signed a one-year extension to his deal two days after the title win but suffered a bout of pneumonia at the start of the following season and struggled with a groin injury.
Stated that he intended leaving at end of McCoist’s first season in charge only to announce his retirement from professional football in August 2012.
Became the director of football at Zeljeznicar Sarajevo in November 2017 but stepped down the following summer.
Sasa Papac celebrates with Peter Lovenkrands during a 2019 legends game. He retired in 2012
Signed a one-year extension after agreeing to play on under McCoist but didn’t feature in the league and was replaced as skipper by Steven Davis.
Made his last appearance for the club in the Champions League qualifier with Malmo.
Had a short-lived spell as Sheffield United manager before assisting Mark Warburton at Brentford then – in 2015 – Rangers.
Ended badly in early 2017 with the club saying the management team had resigned – a claim they disputed.
Was briefly reunited with Warburton at Nottingham Forest and now has responsibility for Brighton’s loan players.
David Weir returned to Ibrox in 2015 as Mark Warburton’s assistant manager for a time
Algerian central defender played the first four games of the following campaign but the red card he received as Rangers exited the Champions League in Malmo would prove to be an unfortunate farewell.
Earned a big-money move to Lekhwiya in Qatar where he stayed for three years, winning the title in his first.
Next stop was two years with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates then a brief spell with Greek side Aris Thessalonika where he retired.
Returned to manage Fujairah and is now part of the Algeria national team coaching staff.
After appearing at World Cups for his country, Madjid Bougherra is now a coach for Algeria
Another who chose to leave the club when insolvency hit. Moved to Bolton but left after a year without playing a game.
A nomadic career saw him play for Aberdeen, St Mirren, Plymouth (twice) Millwall, Livingston and Clyde.
And that’s before you throw in loan moves to Bury, Northampton and Morecambe.
Joined Lowland League side East Stirlingshire last summer.
Gregg Wylde has endured something of a nomadic existence since leaving Rangers in 2012
Midfielder was another who objected to his contract automatically transferring to Green’s company under TUPE legislation but appealed to the Rangers fans to understand the situation he was put in.
Moved to Southampton where six fruitful seasons in the top flight preceded a loan back to Rangers which then became permanent.
Now 36, Davis has defied the passing of time and has arguably been his side’s best player this year.
Now the most capped player in the history of Northern Ireland after making 124 appearances.
Like McGregor, Davis has returned to help Rangers back to top spot in Scottish football
American midfielder played under McCoist the following season and stuck around after administration.
But with Rangers contemplating life in League Two, Edu moved to Stoke City in August.
Had a 10-minute cameo under Tony Pulis and that would prove to be the sum total of his involvement at the club.
Frozen out by Mark Hughes, he joined Bursaspor on loan then moved back to the USA with Philadelphia Union, initially on loan than permanently.
A horrendous run of injuries cost him 18 months of his career with Edu forced to turn out for Bethlehem Steel, a feeder club, to get games. Retired in 2017.
A 10-minute cameo against Liverpool was the sum total of Maurice Edu’s contribution at Stoke
The most high-profile of the players who opted to move on when insolvency hit, Naismith joined Everton on a four-year deal. Scored the final goal of David Moyes’ Goodson reign in a loss to Chelsea.
Played centrally by Roberto Martinez, he helped the side to a fifth-place finish with a record points tally of 72.
Drifted out of the picture and joined Norwich in January 2016. Suffered an ankle ligament injury early in 2017-18 which cost him his place and preceded a loan move to Hearts.
Rejoined the Tynecastle side on loan for 2018-19 where he finished top scorer then signed a four-deal. Now trying to get the side promoted under Robbie Neilson.
Steven Naismith continues to terrorise defences in the Championship this season with Hearts
Played for a season under McCoist but his ill discipline was the source of a two-week suspension and there was a sense that the pair did not get along.
Having refused to TUPE over to Green’s company, he signed for Swiss side Sion but only stayed a season.
Next it was Palermo in Italy then Norwich with loan spells to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor and Birmingham.
Lafferty’s return to Scottish football came with Hearts in 2017-18 where his 13 goals persuaded Gerrard to take him back to Rangers.
After just four goals in 19 games, he had his contact terminated by mutual consent.
Spells with Sarpsborg of Norway, Sunderland then Italian side Regina followed. Now part of Kilmarnock’s bid to beat the drop.
Kyle Lafferty is back in Scotland playing for Kilmarnock after stints in Italy and Switzerland
Croatian striker played half a season under McCoist before sealing a £5m move to Everton where he’d partner Naismith.
Started well at Goodison only to fall behind Victor Anichebe then Romelu Lukaku and eventually asked Martinez for a move.
Signed for Hull, playing in the club’s maiden European campaign, then West Ham before being lured to China, firstly with Beijing Renhe then Guizhou Zhicheng.
Had a brief spell with Croatian side NK Lokomotiva where he ended his career last week. Earned 36 caps for Croatia.
Nikica Jelavic moved to Everton and also played for Hull and West Ham in the Premier League
Stuck with the club in the lower leagues. Left for player/coaching role at Kilmarnock in 2015 with a spell as interim manager leading to a permanent appointment in 2017.
A poor start to the season saw him leave. Had a brief coaching stint in Poland with Lechia Gdansk, became strikers’ coach at Dundee United and now part of the Hearts back room team.
Lee McCulloch stuck with Rangers through the lower leagues before leaving for Kilmarnock
Northern Ireland’s leading scorer agreed to play for another year under McCoist but left for Bury when it expired. That proved to be his last club as a player.
Appointed Linfield manager in 2015 and has won three titles in his time there.
EL HADJI DIOUF
Senegalese striker was only ever on loan at Rangers from Blackburn until the end of 2010-11.
Next staging post was Doncaster followed by two years at Leeds and a final season in Malaysia with Sabah. Retired in 2015.
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