Jim Baxter

By Adam Robertson
 September 26, 2020

Jim Baxter - Slim Jim

Jim Baxter - Slim Jim

When Sir Alex Ferguson says that you are “arguably the best player to play in Scottish Football” then that says just how good a player Jim Baxter was. 

Jim Baxter joined Raith Rovers as a part timer in 1957 and had an excellent performance against Rangers at Ibrox which convinced then Rangers manager Scot Symon to sign the 21 year old Baxter in 1960 for a then Scottish Transfer Record of £17,500.

Baxter made his Rangers debut against Partick Thistle in the Scottish League Cup and was a mainstay at left half and in 1961, Baxter played in the team that contested the first ever European Cup Winners Cup final losing 4-1 to Fiorentina over 2 legs. 

In 1964, Baxter had a tremendous game against Rapid Vienna in the European Cup which led Baxter to showboat and the Vienna opponent proceeded to break Baxter’s leg with a brutal challenge. This was a massive moment for Baxter as it was the beginning of his battle with alcoholism. 

Baxter then left Rangers in 1965 to join Sunderland after he didn’t hit the form he showed before his leg break. Baxter won 10 trophies at Ibrox and is one of the greatest players ever to play for the club. 

Baxter made a return to Ibrox in 1969 but it was never going to work out as Baxter was nowhere near his fittest and he retired in 1970 at the age of 31 making 254 appearances for the club and will be forever known as Slim Jim. 

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