WHEN they say that Peter McCloy is Rangers’ longest serving goalkeeper, they’re not referring to the height of this legendary sticksman.

At six feet four inches his towering presence and his birthplace on the Ayreshire coast, gave him the nickname ‘The Girvan Lighthouse’.

Typical of this giant goalie that he was swapped for two other players in order to bring him to Ibrox. Bobby Watson and Brian Heron were Motherwell bound to allow Peter to begin his Rangers career in 1970.

The bulb from ‘The Girvan Lighthouse’ failed to shine for his first couple of games as he conceded two goals in both, as Rangers lost away to Dunfermline and Dundee. He played in seven games in his first season and Rangers only won one of them.

Two games were to have a major effect in establishing McCloy as an Ibrox legend. His clean sheet in the final of the 1970 League Cup earned him his first medal.

However he was to take a more active role in the defeat of Dynamo Moscow in the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup Final.

Much is made of the modern keepers ability to start an attack from the back. McCloy was ahead of his time with his long clearances often turning defence into a goal making opportunity.

It was a long kick from the long man that found Willie Johnston in the position to score Rangers’ third in the three-two thriller.

‘The Lighthouse’ was shining strong in the Centenary Cup final against Celtic. As in Barcelona the score was 3-2 in Rangers’ favour. Steward Kennedy began to make a play for the No 1 shirt in 1975.

It took three seasons of shirt swapping between the two men before McCloy proved himself the rightful owner. In the ‘double’ year of 1978/79 Peter never missed a game.

His medal tally is one to cherish. He played a total of 535 games, winning one League Championship medal, four medals in both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup and, the icing on the cake, his European Cup Winners Cup medal.