An Article by Blue92
EVERY Rangers fan dreams of pulling on that famous blue jersey.
A clichéd statement perhaps, but of the hundreds of thousands of Bears around the world, you’ll be hard-pushed to find one who hasn’t thought of what it would be like.
A number of Rangers-supporting players have left the club in the past few days, seeking a fresh challenge away from Ibrox.
While every Rangers fan should be forever grateful that those players took massive wage cuts and played their hearts out for the last few months of last season, walking out of the club now is a difficult pill to swallow for the supporters.
And if it’s bad for the fans, spare a thought for Ally McCoist.
The man who has probably elevated himself to the position of ultimate Rangers hero with his actions over the past few months has shown unwavering loyalty to those players. Maybe they could have given him something in return.
But they’re gone now, and just a handful of recognised professionals remain, ready to give their all no matter where Rangers find themselves playing next year.
Lee McCulloch laid his cards on the table long ago, and is one of those definitely staying.
The man who’s played almost every position other than goalkeeper in his five years at the club should receive immortal status for his loyalty and commitment.
Off the park, you couldn’t meet a more down-to-earth, friendly guy.
He has time for every supporter who approaches him, and is only too happy to pose for photographs and sign autographs.
A recent Real Radio special in which McCulloch was interviewed in depth revealed his strong Rangers family, and his pride in playing for the club he loves.
His charm and wit in the programme came across immediately – very much like manager McCoist’s does whenever he appears in the broadcast media.
On the pitch, he is every bit a supporter.
Yes, he gets booked too often, but that just demonstrates his absolute commitment to the cause.
Fierce in the tackle, instructing and encouraging his teammates and determined to do whatever it takes to win, he’s the epitome of what every true Rangers player should be.
In these days of top players earning upwards of £200,000, it speaks volumes for the man that he offered to play for free when the club entered administration last season.
He could have sat and accepted the 75% cut – but no, he wanted to go above and beyond the call of duty. What an incredibly selfless act.
“The club and the support have been great with me, through the good times and the bad, i thought it was a chance to give something back, and show my appreciation to them. That’s why i got my lawyer to make that offer to Duff & Phelps” Lee McCulloch
A real and true Rangers man, it’s hard to think of anyone that showed and will continue to show more devotion to the club.
Surely, he is the only candidate for the illustrious club captaincy next season
McCoist as manager and McCulloch as captain.
What a fantastic double-act to lead Rangers back to the top.