Yesterday was a truly wonderful day to be a Rangers fan. The 2-0 victory over Stirling Albion was almost secondary as the 49,913 strong crowd seemed more preoccupied with celebrating players from yesteryear.
With events earlier in the year putting a halt to the planned anniversary party, this had been a long time coming for the Rangers fans.
And whilst many fans involved in Scottish football may never accept that the institution born in 1872 is still the same club – the near 50,000 fans at Ibrox yesterday will make sure that Rangers Football Club never dies and enjoys many more celebrations.
Upon arriving in my seat in the stadium, I was treated to the voice of the legendary Andy Gray introducing a pre-match video about the key moments in the club’s proud 140-year history. This was a real goosebump stuff for around five minutes. I am absolutely fascinated by the history of Rangers and it was great to see so many iconic moments, such as the 1972 Cup Winners Cup win, the derby wins over Celtic and great managers being celebrated.
The game itself wasn’t a classic and the performance by the current group of Rangers players hardly lived up to the standard set by so many great Rangers teams in years gone by. Many early chances were created by Rangers, but it wasn’t until the second half that they finally broke the deadlock thanks to David Templeton. A late second goal by substitute Andy Little put some gloss on the win.
The real highlight came at half-time when around 40 legends were introduced onto the pitch at half-time by Andy Gray right through from the 1950s to more recent stars from the last decade.
Usually at half-time at Ibrox, there is the mere formality of welcoming back one former star to Ibrox to conduct the half-time raffle, before the announcer gives some fans free shout-outs. Hardly the most riveting 15 minutes.
However, yesterday’s half-time show is something that will live long in the memory. As Gray wandered round the centre circle interviewing a select few of them, my heart beat faster as I once again realised just what a truly great club Rangers are.
From members of the team that triumphed in the city of Barcelona in 1972, to those from before then such as Johnny Hubbard and Harold Davis to the nine-in-a-row stars and those that followed them, it was a superb early Christmas present for Rangers fans.
There were some great moments as well such as Andy Goram quipping: “This is a day I am going to remember for once.”
I also enjoyed hearing about Lorenzo Amoruso and Michael Mols’ travails to get to Scotland; the fact it took them 17 hours to get into the country showed how much they loved the club just like every Rangers fan in the ground.
And these players were foreigners who came to be loved by the legions of fans because they recognised how big a club Rangers are. No fan will ever forget their commitment to the jersey.
Rangers will never die as the club means too much to so many people including myself. I have followed the club since 1995 and whilst managers and players have come and gone, Rangers football club has always been there. In many ways as I have had ups and downs in my life, the Ibrox club have remained the one fantastic constant in my world.
I can confidently predict that if we stick together as fans and a club the 150th celebrations will be even more memorable and sweeter. By that time Rangers will surely have reached the top again.
Right now though the priority is to get out of Division Three and do it with some style. Let’s hope yesterday’s visit by club legends inspired the current crop to do their bit for Rangers Football Club – established 1872.
Note from the editor: As we stated in our article Lest WE forget: Are Rangers really 140-years old? We do not impose an editorial stance on issues unless we inform our readers of such. While I personally wrote that article, Ewan wrote this one from his perspective as a Rangers supporter and his own opinions on the matter.