ON Sunday night manager Ally McCoist collected a special award on behalf of Sandy Jardine at the club’s Hall of Fame Awards evening.
It was fitting that one legend should collect on behalf of another and the club’s current manager had some words of recognition of his own for one of the club’s greatest ever players.
McCoist said: “There have been many great names associated with Rangers Football Club in our 142 year history but I can think of no-one more deserving of this Special Recognition Award than Sandy Jardine.
“Sandy is a Rangers legend in every sense of the word and has the respect of everyone at Ibrox but such is his character he is also highly regarded by the wider football community.
“I had the privilege of watching Sandy playing for Rangers when I was a young boy, I have enjoyed the pleasure of working with him closely since I returned to the Club in 2007 and he is a truly remarkable man.
“His achievements both on and off the pitch are second to none and I am honoured to regard him as a friend.
“He has given everything for this great club and has worked tirelessly in a number of roles because he wants to ensure the traditions, history and standards at Rangers are maintained.
“Sandy has won every major domestic honour possible with Rangers, he is in the Rangers Hall of Fame and will always cherish his Cup Winners’ Cup medal but I have no doubt he is humbled by this Award.
“Sadly he can’t attend this evening but he has asked me to read out this message.”
It has always been a great honour and privilege to be part of the Rangers Hall of Fame – I was involved from the very start in 2000 and it has given me a lot of pleasure as we have paid tribute to some of the greatest names in the Club’s illustrious history – so I am truly humbled to receive this Special Recognition Award.
Unfortunately I can’t be there in person to collect it but there is no doubt this is an honour that my family and I will cherish forever. I would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee and everyone at Rangers Football Club for thinking of me in this way.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy a successful Rangers career and return to the Club when my playing days were over. But I have to say, seeing my name on the Hall of Fame Board at the top of the Marble Staircase at Ibrox Stadium is something very special and I know from speaking to many players it is one of the greatest honours any Ranger can achieve.
To have my name permanently etched on the Board and now to receive this Special Recognition Award means the world to me and my family. Rangers is more than a football club – it is a 142 year old institution and events like Hall of Fame highlight what a special club we really are.
It was always an honour for me to be a Ranger. That is something that can never be taken away. I know being a Ranger meant everything to legends like Woodburn, Meiklejohn, Greig, Baxter, Cooper and McCoist.
Being in the Hall of Fame is a fantastic honour and something to be proud of. Once a Ranger you are always a Ranger and I want to be remembered as a Ranger forever. I hope you are all enjoying your evening and thanks again for your kindness.
The two legends had spent considerable time ahead of the event catching up on Jardine’s career with Rangers both on and off the pitch for a special RangersTV programme.