COLIN JACKSON has revealed he could have ended up teaming up with George Best at Manchester United when he had the chance to join Rangers 50 years ago.

The defender instead went on to play more than 500 times for the Light Blues and played a key role in the Treble triumphs of 1976 and 1978.

But those successes only came after he had gone on trial with the Red Devils at a time when one of British football’s greatest ever talents had just gone to Old Trafford.

Jackson celebrated a half century-long association with Gers last month after he was recruited by Scot Symon back in April 1962.

But he knows things could have worked out very differently for him had he joined a side which went on to win the European Cup six years later.

Jackson, speaking on show Blues News, said: “I had gone down to Manchester first and was fortunately down there when George Best had arrived.

“He came in two or three weeks before me and I was offered terms by Jimmy Murphy, the coach there.

“He pointed out the window at Bestie and said: ‘Do you want to be in the same team as he is going to be in?’

“He knew right away that George Best was a different talent and I played with him in a couple of practice matches. I’m just glad I didn’t have to play against him!

“Even then, at the age of 16, he stood out. As it was, though, I was a Rangers supporter and I joined them instead.

“I followed the team from the late 1950s and it was terrific to join them. Manchester was too far from my home town of Aberdeen but going down to Glasgow was perfect.”


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