JOHNNY HUBBARD is looking forward to another season for the Gers as they prepare to face Hamilton in the SPFL Premiership.

Hall of Fame player Hubbard played for the Gers for a decade between 1949 and 1959 making 238 appearances and winning three Leagues and a Scottish Cup.

South African Johnny was the was the penalty king scoring an amazing 65 out of 68 kicks during his Rangers career – and he didn’t even practice them!

Speaking as the latest Ibrox star to have a RYDC brick panel named in his honour, Hubbard said: “I loved my time at Rangers and I still love the club. I am delighted Rangers are back in the top league once again and I will still come to the games this season.

“I always come to the home games. The only away game I go to is Ayr United, because I played for them as well. But I support Rangers.

“When I came here from South Africa, I said as long as I was playing football I would stay here. I was with Rangers for ten years and then I fell out with the manager.

“I went to Bury and was there for three wonderful years but my head and heart was still with Rangers. I came back to Scotland to play for Ayr but I always remained a Rangers supporter.

“Clyde were desperate to get me. A scout came to the house and said they would give me £1000 signing on fee and £20 per week wages.

“I had already given my word to Rangers and I wouldn’t go back to that. Rangers was £12 per week, £10 in the summer.”

Hubbard was in the first Rangers team that played in Europe as the Ibrox men took part in what was only the second European Champions Cup in season 1956/57 by virtue of winning the Scottish title the season before.

They were paired with French champions OGC Nice and a crowd of 65,000 watched Rangers beat them 2-1 at Ibrox in their inaugural European match with Maxie Murray and Billy Simpson scoring the goals.

Speaking to the Evening Times this week, Hubbard continued: “Rangers have never been out of my mind. When Ally was manager, I offered my services if required to talk to the boys about the club.

“I would like to let them know what it is like to come to Rangers. I was 18, I came from 6,000 miles away and I stayed for ten years. I would never have left but unfortunately Mr Symon and I fell out.”

Fans can snap up stadium bricks on Johnny’s panel with their own personal messages now for £50. Bricks can be purchased from www.rydc.co.uk, by calling 0141 427 4914, texting RANGERS to 67766 or visiting the Rangers Lotto office in Broomloan House at the stadium.

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