THE HAMMER will always be a hero with the Rangers fans for his brilliant close control and the explosive power in his left boot.

A superb haul of 82 goals proves the point and the big German will always be in the supporters hearts.

Few had heard of the hugely talented German when Walter Smith paid Hamburg £4million for his services and Albertz found himself in the awkward positition of having to fill in at left back for much of his first season.

However, the fans soon knew all about him when he scored with a ferocious freekick against Celtic in the new year fixture which was won 3-1 and undoubtedly aided Gers in their quest for 9 in a row.

For a big man, Albertz had great feet and despite not having much pace he could ease past opponents as if they were not there. Of course, his goal-scoring ability was key and he went on to become a regular destoyer of Celtic.

He also produced some superb European displays, scoring vital away goals at Eindhoven and Jerusalem, for example. However, he fell out with Dick Advocaat in the 2000/01 season when things started to go wrong at Rangers and left in the summer of 2001 after five largely great years.