IF ANYONE was picking a greatest Rangers team they would surely select McPhail as one of the strikers.

Signed in April 1927 from Airdrie for what was then a considerable fee of £5000, McPhail gave an early indication of what was to come when he cored two goals in the 4-1 Charity Cup semi-final win over Celtic at the end of the season.

McPhail was a fantastic talent and had already displayed his considerable skills with Airdrie, helping them win the Cup in 1924 at the age of 18.

Barrhead-born Bob had a brilliant work ethic but his astonishing eye for a goal was something to behold.

He developed an uncanny understanding with Allan Morton and then Davie Kinnear in the Rangers strike force and it was invariably highly productive.

He earned the rather uncomplimentary nickname of Greetin’ Boab for berating team mate Torry Gillick one day and the tag stuck

McPhail scored 230 league goals for Rangers which was a record which stood for over 50 years until a certain Ally McCoist claimed it and will surely hold onto it forever.

He played with fantastic strikers like Jimmy Smith and Sam English, but McPhail’s longevity and consistency was remarkable.

His record of six Scottish Cup wins with Rangers is shared only by Celtic’s Jimmy McMenemy and Billy McNeill and is unlikely to be surpassed in the current climate of continual player movement.

(1927-1940)