Rangers recorded an unwanted Champions League group stage record following their 3-1 defeat to Ajax in the swirling rain at Ibrox on Tuesday night.
The result means that with no points and a goal difference of minus 20, the Govan side produced the worst ever performance in a group stage.
They have taken the miserable record away from Dinamo Zagreb, who lost all six games and finished on minus 19 in 2011-12.
Rangers were playing in the bottom tier of Scottish football a decade ago, so their ascent back into European football’s premier competition has been fairly rapid.
But it was an embarrassing end to the club’s first Champions League campaign in 12 years as they claimed the ignominious title of being, statistically, its worst ever team.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side lost all six games, conceding 22 goals in the process. They only scored twice themselves.
STV News takes a look back a campaign to forget – just a few months after Rangers were a penalty shootout away from lifting European silverware in Seville.
Matchday 1 – Ajax 4-0 Rangers
Matchday 2 – Rangers 0-3 Napoli
Matchday 3 – Liverpool 2-0 Rangers
Matchday 4 – Rangers 1-7 Liverpool
Matchday 5 – Napoli 3-0 Rangers
Matchday 6 – Rangers 0-3 Ajax
‘It’s a big learning experience for us’
Giovanni van Bronckhorst spoke ruefully of a “very difficult” Champions League campaign after Rangers were left with an unwanted group stage record.
He said: “It’s disappointing. We’ve had a lot of disappointing experiences in Europe with a lot of big losses.
“It started really well with those big wins against Union and PSV to qualify for the Champions League. But after playing these six games you can see the difference in levels with the teams we competed against.
“It was very difficult for us to get results. It’s always difficult because you know the gap is there but you don’t want to concede as many goals as we have.
“You can see in this campaign that the goals we have conceded have been too much, especially Liverpool at home here.
“Against teams of the highest quality we have struggled in those moments. It’s a big learning experience for us.”
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