ALEX RAE admits he had heroes on both sides as he turned out for Rangers Legends against their Manchester United counterparts this afternoon at Ibrox.

The Blackpool first-team coach, who spent time at the Light Blues as a youth player then had two years with them between 2004 and 2006, scored the clincher in a 4-1 home win.

Rae was involved in last year’s exhibition game against AC Milan Glorie and was as delighted to take part today as he was back then.

Ally McCoist’s double after Jorg Albertz cancelled out Ronny Johnsen’s opener completed the scoring on an enjoyable after at the home of the 54-times Scottish champions.

Rae said: “It was great and it’s always a pleasure to come out and play in front of the fans at Ibrox again. (Tweet this quote)

“I’ve been coming to support the club since I was a kid and it was good for me to be out there playing with some proper legends.

“They were guys I grew up watching, guys such as Coisty, and I was fortunate enough to be an apprentice in that dressing room.

“I was lucky to see that lot playing through the Nine in a Row period and they’ll always go down in folklore for that.

“It’s just great to be playing with them and against most of the United boys, who we have to thank for coming up as well.

“I was able to play against most of them in my career and I played with Denis Irwin, who won 19 winners’ medals in his career and appeared in a few other finals as well.

“One of my heroes when I was young was Bryan Robson. He epitomised everything you want as a midfielder so it was great to have everyone out on the one park today.”

A crowd of 23,177 watched the charity game as £75,000 was raised for the Rangers Charity Foundation and UNICEF.

And Rae admits the lure of coming back to play on their old stomping ground was too much for him and other ex-Light Blues stars to resist.

Brian Laudrup, Nacho Novo, Arthur Numan, Jorg Albertz, Bert Konterman, Lorenzo Amoruso and Michael Mols all flew in from abroad to take part.

Rae added: “Knowing the fans will come to see them is half of the reason the guys travel from all over the world to play in these kinds of games.

“They always turn out in their numbers and we’re obviously very grateful everyone came out to watch us once again.

“Thanks to them, the Rangers Charity Foundation will benefit from their attendance and that’s great.” (Tweet this quote)

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