UNDOUBTEDLY one of the most gifted players never to play for Scotland.

Playing on the right side of midfield, Russell gave Rangers 10 great years. He had vision, poise and exceptional ability at going past people.

Russell joined the Ibrox men in the summer of 1977 at the same time as the late, great Davie Cooper and Gordon Smith and the three of them made an immediate impact.

Bobby worked superbly well with Alex MacDonald in the heart of midfield and seemed to have a terrific understanding with Cooper, with whom he later played with at Motherwell.

Rangers swept to the Treble in Russell’s first season and he also shone on the European stage the following season as Rangers mounted a terrific campaign in the European.

His goal against PSV Eindhoven is part of Rangers folk lore. He latched onto Tommy McLean’s pass to secure a 3-2 win for Rangers, inflicting the first European defeat on PSV in their Philips stadium.

Russell was unfortunate that Rangers struggled in the league in the early 1980s, but he had great success in the cup competitions.

He and Cooper were especially compelling in the 4-1 Scottish Cup final replay win over dundee United in 1981, when they both scored inside the first 20 minutes.

Russell left in the early part of the Graeme Souness regime, moving to Motherwell, and when Cooper joined him in 1989 the two fo them went on to enjoy Scottish Cuo glory again in 1991 when Tommy McLean’s Well beat brother Jim McLean’s Dundee United 4-3 in an epic match.

Bobby is currently back with Rangers, working in the Football in the Community programme where he coaches and guides young footballers.

Appearances: 370. League – 1. Scottish Cup – 3. League Cup – 4