A DINNER is being held at Ibrox stadium to honour Rangers, Linfield and Northern Ireland international Billy Simpson.
Simpson was a terrific striker who cost Rangers a club record fee of £11,500 when he joined the club in 1950.
A Northern Ireland internationalist, he arrived at Ibrox from Linfield on the recommendation of Light Blues great Torry Gillick.
Simpson’s versatility was one of his biggest strengths and while he performed well as an inside forward, it was through the middle where he was at his best.
His 163 goals in all competitions were proof of that and finding the net more than once every two games was no mean feat.
Simpson scored four goals in a single match on no less than three occasions for Rangers, against Third Lanark, St Mirren and Hibs.
His most important strike, however, was a sole counter against Hearts in April 1957 that allowed his team go on and win the title.
Simpson’s finest moment on the international stage came at Wembley in November 1957, when he hit the winner against England.
He stayed at Ibrox for another four months before moving on to Annfield, the then home of Stirling Albion, in 1958.