LOOKING after the mercurial talent that was Jim Baxter would have been a daunting task for any manager but Ian McColl had to do it TWICE after his fantastic, 15-year Rangers career was over.

McColl became Scotland manager in 1961 and utilised the incredible skills of Baxter in many of his selections – none more effectively than at the 1963 clash with England at Wembley when Baxter scored both Scotland goals in a 2-1 win.

He then became Sunderland manager in 1965 and signed Baxter from Rangers but the move was not successful as sadly Slim Jim had started to have more fun off the field than on it.

In 27 matches as Scotland manager he won 16 times which is undoubtedly a record to be proud of.

McColl was a wing half, in the old parlance, of some distinction. He became captain of Rangers in the 1950s and can comfortably lay claim to being one of the club’s greatest servants.

Signed from Queen’s Park – the epitome of the Corinthian spirit – McColl quickly learned that the winning was more important than the playing when you joined the Rangers ranks.

He was the final cog in the legendary Iron Curtain defence, which was so effective in Rangers’ considerable successes of the period.

In a 10-year period Rangers averaged less than a goal against per game which is indicative of just how stong the defensive line was.

By the late 1950s McColl had become a peripheral player as a new team had been built, but he still had one key function to fulfil.

He was recalled for the 1960 Scottish Cup Final as a replacement for the injured Harold Davis and was a steadying influence as two Jimmy Millar goals gave Rangers a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock. He went out at the top.

He said: “There are things you can always look back on but I don’t suppose anything will stay with me like the memory of that Cup Final.

“I like to think I gave a good account of myself and it was nice way to bow out. I finished on a high and that’s the best way to go.”

McColl sadly passed away at the age on 81 in October 2008.