ALLY DAWSON gave more than 12 years of service to Rangers and was a steadying influence during the less successful period of the early 1980s.

Having joined the club from school as a 16-year-old in the mid-1970s, he was taken by manager Jock Wallace as part of his squad for a tour to Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

It was on another trip to North America that the defender suffered a fractured skull which many believed prevented him for truly fulfilling his clear talent.

Nevertheless, Dawson’s versatility meant he performed ably for the first team over a number of years both as a full-back and a centre-half.

And he went on to become the club captain, winning both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup as he collected six major honours in all.

A winner of five caps for Scotland, Dawson eventually left Glasgow for Blackburn Rovers in a £25,000 deal in 1987.

He later played for Limerick and Airdrie before starting his managerial career with Maltese side St Andrews then returning to boss Hamilton, leading them to the Third Division title.

Latterly he has re-established his link with Rangers by working with the club’s youth sides as a football in the community coach.

Dawson made a total of 315 competitive appearances for Rangers, scoring eight times in all for the club.

Ally Dawson (1974-87)
Appearances: 315. Goals: 8.
Honours: two Scottish Cups, four League Cups.
5 caps (Scotland).