IN terms of durability, Dougie Gray has few equals. He is Rangers’ longest-serving player of all time having spent a total of 22 years at Ibrox between 1925 and his official retirement in 1947.

During that period he appeared in an amazing 940 matches and won no less than 10 official Scottish League championship medals, adding six Scottish Cup badges for good measure.

Aberdeenshire-born, Gray joined Rangers from a team with the unlikely name of Aberdeen Muggiemoss in the summer of 1925 and he was soon to become a vital cog in the Ibrox machinery.

Lacking any real physical advantages, the full-back based his game on timely intervention and uncomplicated distribution and also cultivated the habit of making vital goal-line clearances on the occasions when his goalkeeper Jerry Dawson was beaten.

Possibly the finest tribute that could be paid to Dougie Gray was that legendary Ibrox manager Bill Struth often referred to him as his ‘best-ever signing’. Gray was capped ten times by Scotland.

(1925-1947)