IT MAY seem a morbid way to describe Davie Provan’s Rangers career but it was launched and ended as a result of a broken leg.

The talented defender had to wait for five long years before he got his chance in the Rangers first team.

It was at the expense of former captain Eric Caldow, who suffered a leg break at Wembley playing for Scotland against England in 1963 when the Scots scored a famous 2-0 win with Jim Baxter scoring both goals.

However, a crude challenge from Celtic’s Bertie Auld in the first Old Firm game of the 1967/68 season badly broke Provan’s leg and it spell the end of his time at Rangers.

In the intervening period he won the Treble in 1964 and also the Scottish Cup in 1963 and 1966 and the League Cup in 1964/65. He also played in the 1967 Cup Winners Cup Final and became a Scotland player of some repute.

After the leg break he only managed eight more games for Rangers and was released in 1970 when he moved to England to play for Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle before returning north where he finished his career at St Mirren.

Curiously, Provan and Auld have become golfing buddies in recent times which does prove that time is a healer.