Brian Laudrup

By Adam Robertson
 September 15, 2020

Brian Laudrup - For the thousands of us in the stands
Brian Laudrup

Brian Laudrup - For the thousands of us in the stands

As it happened, I got his signature before Walter Smith or David Murray. Just as he was being met by John Greig after jetting into Glasgow Airport, I was flying out on a family holiday to Florida and was pushed by my dad to get my boarding pass signed by our prospective new player. "If he's half as good as his brother", I was told, "then we're in for a treat." He was and we were. Brian Laudrup was simply on another level than anyone else playing football in Scotland, including his new teammates. David Robertson once told me that he was initially less than impressed during pre-season until it dawned on him that it was in fact he who wasn't on the correct wavelength. "As time went on I knew that if the ball got to Laudrup, I could make a run and nine times out of ten he would find the pass to me. He made our lives so much easier." 

For the thousands of us in the stands, even amidst this era of dominance, he made our lives richer. From his effortless dismantling of the entire division in his debut season to being Walter's false nine at Parkhead in the key victories during 1996/97, fans bowed in appreciation. The pinnacle of course was at Hampden in May 1996 where he owned the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts.

Alongside the other genius in that Rangers team, fans watched on in delight as the two maestros won Rangers a double at the end of a very tense season, seemingly at will. As our transfer market power has diminished in the subsequent decades, that appreciation of Laudrup from those who saw him has only grown stronger. We really weren't worthy.

Martyn Ramsay - @hobbes_ff

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