Ronald DE BOER

Ronald De Boer - Rangers FC - Biography of his Glasgow Rangers Career.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 23 March 2003

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Friday, 15 May 1970
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Hoorn, Nertherlands.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Netherlands footballer
  • WORLD CUP
  • CLUBS
  • Rangers FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2000 - 2004
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 9th September 2000 in a 1-1 draw at Dundee (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
      91 League Games 32 goals.
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Ronald DE BOER - Rangers FC - Biography of his Glasgow Rangers Career.

 

 One half of the famous de Boer twins, Ronald de Boer was a world-class creative midfield player who first shot to prominence as part of the wonderful Ajax side that claimed the European Cup in 1995. Dick Advocaat persuaded him to join Rangers from Barcelona for £4 million in August 2000, and de Boer made an immediate impact with a stunning display on his debut against Sturm Graz in the European Champions League. Ronald scored one of Rangers' five goals that evening and showcased his full repertoire of talents during a sumptuous display that had the Rangers supporters purring in anticipation for the years ahead.

 

Unfortunately, Ronald's time in Glasgow was punctuated by numerous injuries, which meant that he never really produced the form he showed against Graz on a regular basis. For example, in his first season in Glasgow, 2000/2001, de Boer played in under half of the thirty-eight league fixtures largely due to the debilitating effects of a persistent knee injury. The 2001/2002 season was much the same, with de Boer appearing in just thirty-eight of the fifty-nine competitive fixtures that Rangers contested in a campaign that saw Alex McLeish replace Dick Advocaat in the manager's office and silverware return to Ibrox in the shape of the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup following successes over Celtic and Ayr United respectively.

 

 

However, in the one campaign in which the Dutchman did remain relatively injury-free he illustrated what a fine player he was. In 2002/2003, Rangers won the domestic 'Treble' of League Championship, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, and de Boer's guile and goal-scoring played a significant role in that success. He netted nineteen goals in all competitions and created many more, as Rangers swept the boards in Scotland for the seventh time in their history. Over the course of the season, he demonstrated an uncanny knack of ghosting into the penalty area to score vital goals, but none of his strikes were more crucial than his header on the final day of the league season against Dunfermline Athletic at Ibrox. His goal put Rangers 4-1 ahead midway through the second half and restored them to the summit of the table ahead of archrivals Celtic on goals scored.

 

 

Ronald paid a heavy price for his exertions in 2002/2003, though, as he missed almost five months of the following season through injury. He appeared just twenty-one times in a Rangers jersey and scored only three goals, against Aberdeen and Dunfermline Athletic in the league and Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup. He missed all of Rangers' matches in the UEFA Champions League, and although he was joined by his identical twin brother Frank in the Ibrox dressing room in January of 2004, the duo played in the same Rangers side on just eight occasions.

 

 

Capped sixty-seven times by Holland, Ronald was a player who exuded supreme self-confidence that bordered on arrogance at times. He was a terrific midfield playmaker, who could carve out goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates on a regular basis thanks to his terrific vision and wonderful range of passing. After making 128 appearances and scoring thirty-seven goals, Ronald left Rangers in the summer of 2004 to wind down his career with Al-Rayyan in Qatar. (Alistair Aird, Author of Ally McCoist - Portrait of a Hero)

 

 

Ronald De Boer is pictured playing for Glasgow Rangers during their match against Celtic

on 30th September 2001.    Photo Nigel French © G.H.

 

Transferred from Barcelona on 31/8/2000 for £4,500,000
 
Rangers:   2000-2001     Played   17     Scored   6   goals   (Scottish Premier)
     2001-2002     Played   24     Scored   7   goals   (Scottish Premier)
     2002-2003     Played   33     Scored   16   goals   (Scottish Premier)
     2003-2004     Played   17     Scored   3   goals   (Scottish Premier)
 

Years            Team   Games   Goals


1988–1991    Ajax    52    (14)
1991–1993    Twente    49    (22)
1993–1999    Ajax    172    (36)
1999–2000    Barcelona    37    (1)
2000–2004    Rangers    91    (32)
2004–2005    Al-Rayyan    22    (3)

2005–2008    Al-Shamal    56    (7)

 

Total        492 Games   122 goals