GEORGE YOUNG was not just an illustrious Rangers captain, but one of the most enduring leaders in Scottish football.

He won what was then a record 53 caps for Scotland – no fewer than 48 of them as skipper – and played in a remarkable run of 34 consecutive internationals.

As captain of his country he wielded tremendous power over selection and training in a way no player would be able to today.

He was physically strong, standing 6ft 2 ins and weighing 15 stone.

And Young’s fitness was such that between the autumn of 1948 and the summer of 1953 he missed a mere five league games out of the 150 that Rangers played.

Though a natural centre half, Young was switched to right back after the war to allow Willie Woodburn to resume his regular position at the heart of defence.

They were just two of the stars of what became known as the “Iron Curtain” because they were said to be impregnable.

Young, who was nicknamed Corky because of the lucky Champagne cork he carried around with him, won the first of his six Championships in the 1946-47 season.

He also collected one of his two League Cups as Rangers became the first winners of the new trophy with a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen in the final.

Young went on to win four Scottish Cups, but none would be quite so fulfilling for him as the victory against Clyde in 1949. Rangers won 4-1 and Young scored twice from the penalty spot.

Young, who was a giant of the game in every sense, later managed Third Lanark for three years.