SIGNED from Bathgate Thistle, Billy Ritchie eventually succeeded George Niven as the regular Rangers goalkeeper in the early 1960s.

Like his predecessor, the Newtongrange-born star could boast an excellent one in three shut-out record from his time at Ibrox.

It took Ritchie time to make his breakthrough but by 1961 he was a regular fixture in the side and was quite outstanding at times.

For all his good form with the Light Blues, he only ever won one cap for Scotland – and his first touch in that game with Uruguay was when he picked the ball out of the net.

Ritchie was unfortunate that he was a contemporary of Bill Brown – the former Dundee and Spurs keeper – and he would undoubtedly have made more international appearances were it not for him.

Ritchie made 340 appearances overall for the club, playing his last match against Aberdeen in 1966 before moving on to Partick Thistle a year later.

One of his greatest games for the club was the 1961 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final at Molineux against Wolves, which helped Rangers to the final.


Appearances: 340

Honours: League – 2, Scottish Cup – 4, League Cup – 3, Caps – 1