RANGERS legend Ian Durrant enjoyed an exclusive Q&A session with supporters for RYDC this week – if you missed it here are the highlights.
The 9 in a Row hero and Rangers Hall of Famer remains a firm favourite with the Light Blue legions and he was delighted to take a trip down Memory Lane.
Q – Scott Cameron – Best Ferguson – Barry, Derek or Ian?
A – They all had great attributes and I was fortunate enough to make my debut with Derek. Ian came in and I was injured. I only played one game with Barry but I had the great pleasure of working with him. Barry was a special player – you need to be special to captain Rangers.
Q – Craig Hardie – What was your favourite goal?
A – Davie Cooper’s pass to me to score against Celtic. Best three-yard flick pass ever. I just got into the box and found myself one on one with Pat Bonner. Great finish.
Q – Chris Park – Best player you played with at Rangers?
A – Davie Cooper – everybody said he was the moody blue but we saw the other side of him. Great player, great in the dressing room and always had time for the kids at the club. I learned so much from him. His left foot was a wand.
Q – Niko – How did you manage to keep yourself driven and motivated during your time out with your injury post Aberdeen?
A – The support from the club. They left no stone unturned trying to help me. My two old gaffers Walter Smith and Graeme Souness were great. I was told it was highly unlikely I would play again but I was determined to play for the fans again and I did.
The club thought highly of me and sorted me out. Going to America saved my career. It was a slow process but after the operation, my knee felt totally different. I did my rehab away from Glasgow and I didn’t want to give up.
Q – Niko – And what is your favourite memory at Rangers?
A – The day I signed. I went along with my dad. I had signed an S form with John Greig but then Jock Wallace came in and honoured it.
The best memory ever, my dad never saw my comeback from injury but this was a special memory. Then six months later I made my debut.
Q – Scott Cameron – who does Ian think was the better player, Gascoigne or Laudrup?
A – Two fantastic player but being a midfielder it’s Gazza all day long.
I used to love pitting my wits against him in training. Fantastic talent. Just a shame he left when we could have won the league but he was a sensational player for Rangers.
Mad as a brush but he was on a different planet when the whistle went at 3pm.
Q – Stevie – Given the majority of the team that won the league in 86/87 were put in place by Jock Wallace, do you think the potential to have won the league was there without Souness arriving or was it always going to take a huge change of direction like that?
A – We needed something and Souness was the catalyst for the run we went on. First three signings were the England goalie, captain and Colin West.
It was the next piece in the jigsaw. He took us to another level. We got off to a bad start but he came in with the aura he had and told us not to take second best. He put a marker down. You can see the present manager is trying to do the same.
Q – Stuart Smith – Who’s your favourite current Rangers player?
A – I like Scott Arfield. Ryan Kent last season too. Arfield was great against Celtic in the last game last season, he scored a great goal. Quick feet and one two and a great finish. He’s an asset for sure.
Q – Ewan McQueen – Your goal against Marseille is one of my favourite Rangers goals of all time. When did the team believe that they could potentially win the first ever Champions League?
A – The first game we got battered by Marseille but got back into it. We won away to Bochum but we just knew. The Goalie, Gough, Ferguson, Bomber, the three foreigner rule helped me and the Scottish boys.
Going down to Leeds and winning. It was a great squad, a great spirit and will to win. We had a great belief in the team thanks to Walter and Archie.
We had a chance in Marseille. They were panicking, if the game was longer I think we would have beaten them there.
Q – Craig Smith – Did this hurt? (Walter slap in Director’s Box)
A – He just brushed me aside. He was trying to call the dugout and they weren’t answering. Walters says phone down they answered and said “Hello kitchen!”
So I was sent down. Just a spur of the moment slap to get things going.
Q – Cairo 1872 – Favourite stadium you played in apart from Ibrox?
A – The Bernabau, perfect for the iconic club Real Madrid are.
Q – Chris – Who is the scariest player or manager that you came across in your career?
A – Graeme Souness was a phenomenal player and knew how to look after himself. If you took a tongue lashing from him you took notice.
Walter was pure passion and I was fortunate enough not to get on the wrong side of Jock Wallace.
Terry Hurlock, to say the least, could also handle himself. He was a lovely man though.
Q – Niko Katic Loyal – what was it like playing in the same team as Davie Cooper especially the day he scored that free kick against Aberdeen 1987 LCF?
A – I was fortunate enough to play with great players and Coop was one. His goal was unreal that day. When he was on song nobody could get near him.
Aberdeen had good players but we had Ian Ferguson, Mark Walters, Ray Wilkins, Coisty. They were great games.
Coop met up with Jim Leighton on Scotland duty after and he said he got a finger to it. Coop quick as a flash said aye on the way out!
Q – William English – what opposing player you played against would you have loved to see in a Rangers jersey? A. Scottish B. Any other nationality.
A – I would have loved to have seen Gary McAllister at Rangers. We had great battles with him in the Leeds games and Ally Mauchlen – he was one of Jock Wallace’s first Leicester signings. A fantastic player.
Gheorghe Hagi of Steaua Bucharest. I would have loved to see him in a Rangers jersey. He was incredible. Playing for Rangers is a special place.
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