RANGERS legend Mark Hateley took part in an exclusive Q&A session on the Rangers Youth Development Company Twitter account (@rfc_rydc) today.
The 9 in a Row hero and Rangers Hall of Famer discussed a number of topics including how he ended up joining the Light Blues from Monaco, his favourite goal, his best game and his partnership with fellow legend Ally McCoist.
Check out the highlights of his session…
Q – Cairo Kearney – Your overall favourite goal scored for The Famous Glasgow Rangers? That one away to Leeds at Elland Road is magnificent viewing on YouTube, Super Ally diving header at other end to top it all off.
A – Aberdeen at the end of 1990/91 season was a big marker for me. On the back of two years without much football. It took me 20 odd games to get back into the swing of things. Half a season to get my game head on.
That last game of the season proved me to the doubters. It was such an important goal and we kept our run going. Everything about that game was good for me. It was back to me being me.
Q – Bigrabsays – Has there ever been a better big striker / jammy poacher combination since you and Super Ally?
A – Not many on games played and goals returned. I played with a lot of fantastic strikers like Ramon Diaz, Paolo Rossi, Gary Lineker and George Weah. But as an understanding we just had it. We knew each other’s strength and weaknesses.
Graeme Souness and I knew he could go from a 25 goal striker to a 40 plus a season striker and that’s what we did together.
We scored about 300 goals between us and he was injured a year – and that was my best year actually in 92/93.
Q – Barry Long – What is your most memorable goal as a striker for Rangers and why?
A – As I said previously my Aberdeen goal – take your pick there were a few against them.
Q -Greig Robertson – If you could choose any striking partner in modern day football who would it be?
A – Sergio Aguero would be a good player for me to play with – he plays between the six yard area and 18 yard box.
Q – Wully – Favourite goal v Celtic?
A – scoring after 57 seconds, 3-0 up after 20 minutes. Lol
Q – Kimmie – Who is your favourite current player?
A – There are a few in the team. I like what Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack do. Jermaine Defoe is quality. How he moved against Soutter on Saturday v Hearts was terrific. Great movement and technique for his goal.
Q – C Farrell – If you could re-live any season of your career at any club, what one would it be and why?
A – The 92/93 season, first Englishman to win the Player of the Year award, top goalscorer and a Treble. The only thing I didn’t win that year was the Eurovision Song Contest, and I still think it was a fix!!
Q – Stewart McGillvray – What’s your assessment of the current Rangers squad?
A – We are not far away. In a short space of time we have covered a big distance. I think three or four experienced players at the next level sprinkled with the current squad would lift us to a higher level.
Q – William Scott – Do you think we would have gone on and won the Champions League had you not been sent off against Brugge?
A – We would have had a good chance. Yes.
Q – Colin – How did the move to Milan come about? Same for Rangers?
A – The Milan move came on the back of scoring against Brazil in the Maracana. I’m still the last Englishman to score a winner v Brazil. I had a great season at Portsmouth and we won the European under 21 championship with England.
Four or five days after scoring the winner for England I was an AC Milan player.
John Greig tried to sign me when I was a 17 year old at Coventry so it could have been earlier. Graeme Souness wanted me after my first year at Milan. Then he tried to get me when I went to Monaco, but I wasn’t ready to leave Europe.
It was a chance meeting actually when I was recovering from injury. Graeme Souness, the chairman David Holmes and Ian Skelly were staying in Monaco ahead of the 1990 World Cup. I spoke to Arsene Wenger at Monaco and he said it’s up to you, so I decided to join Rangers.
Q – Anders Nerdrum – What did you expect/hope to achieve personally at Rangers, having played in somewhat more prestigious leagues earlier? (Thanks for everything by the way!)
A – I just wanted to enjoy my football at Rangers. If that was achievable I would have been playing the best football of my career. I wanted to win and I knew Graeme Souness would build a strong-minded team that would fulfil its potential.
Q – DeeMac1960 – Was the cross at Elland Road v Leeds the best cross you produced and in your opinion was the header by Ally even better?
A – It was the whole move. It was a fantastic slick, quick counter. My first position was left wing so I was comfortable playing there.
Q – Iain McKay – Pick your favourite – last game of the season v Aberdeen or Leeds away?
A.- Aberdeen. That’s where it all took off.
Q – Eddie – Favourite game in a Rangers shirt?
A – There were so many good ones, I scored some good goals against Aberdeen and Celtic. All the big teams were big performances.
Q – Broxi Bear – Do you still own any of those wild suits you wore in the 90s?
A – I do and they are worth a fortune lol, never throw anything away!
Q – Graham Keltie – if you could pick one memory of your time at Ibrox what would it be?
A – Coming back for 9 in a Row was a highlight, coming back and putting the disappointment of leaving to end my career at the highest level. Scoring my final Rangers goal as scoring for QPR in England in the Premier League paled into insignificance.
Mark is pictured promoting Rangers Pools for RYDC and fans can sign up now at www.rangerspools.com.
Profits from this latest RYDC venture – in partnership with the Football Pools – will be donated back to Rangers Football Club exclusively for the maintenance and upkeep of Ibrox Stadium.
Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.
And in January, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.
For full details on RYDC’s growing portfolio of products – the re-launched Rangers Pools, Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Scratchcards, Stadium Bricks and the Youth Members Club – visit www.rydc.co.uk or call 0141 427 4914.