Today we look at a hard fought European win a Rangers player from the early days and a famous Scot who turned down the chance to manage the Gers.
In 2006, an early opening goal from Nacho Novo and a late Charlie Adam penalty earned Paul Le Guen’s Rangers side three vital UEFA Cup points against Maccabi Haifa.
In between, however, were 84 minutes and more of toil, sweat and anxious moments before the victory could be secured against a Maccabi Haifa side that looked enterprising and full of panache in the first half but who faded badly after the break. Read a match report of the game here and catch highlights on RangersTV here.
Between 1913 and 1919, striker Adam Scott Mattheson Duncan played for Rangers 101 times and scored 26 goals and in 1888, he was born on this day in Dumbarton. Known by his middle name, Scott was signed after a successful period at Newcastle by William Wilton for £500.
During the Great War, whilst plying his trade for Rangers, he was also a serving signalling instructor in the Royal Field Artillery. Upon leaving Rangers, Duncan played for Celtic a couple of times before ending his career with Dumbarton and Cowdenbeath.
After retiring from the game Duncan would have a notable career as a manager and secretary, managing Hamilton Academicals, Cowdenbeath, Manchester United and Ipswich Town, and was ultimately replaced by Alf Ramsay at the Tractor Boys.
One great ‘what if’ for Rangers supporters of a certain generation is what would have happened at Rangers had Sir Alex Ferguson decided to leave Aberdeen and take up the vacant Rangers manager role on this day in 1983.
When John Greig left his job as Rangers manager in ’83, Ferguson was the man that Rangers wanted as his replacement, however on this day in ’83, Ferguson decided to stay at Aberdeen, signing a five year deal worth £250,000 (and a Mercedes 280!).
The Rangers board received the news whilst in Portugal on European duty and other names immediately linked to the job were Hearts management duo Alex MacDonald and Sandy Jardine, Jim McLean – whose brother was in temporary charge of the club in Portugal and former manager Jock Wallace, who would ultimately be appointed as Greig’s replacement.