John Greig

By Adam Robertson
 September 27, 2020

John Greig - Immortal

John Greig - Immortal

Being voted the Greatest Ever Ranger and having a statue outside Ibrox means that John Greig is one of those one club men who are immortal in the eyes of Rangers Fans. 

John Greig only joined Rangers on his father insistence as a Rangers scout came to his Edinburgh home and urged him to sign. Greig initially started as a striker and made his debut in a League Cup tie against Airdrie in 1961. 

Greig was moved into midfield alongside Jim Baxter before being moved into left back and solidifying his place at Left Back where he would become an icon and became club captain in 1965. 

Winning the Footballer Of The Year in 1965-66, Greig was the main man in all the Rangers Teams of the Late 60s. John Greig’s Greatest moment in a Rangers jersey came in the 1971-72 season when he lifted the European Cup Winners Cup trophy as winning captain when Rangers beat Dynamo Moscow 3-2 in Barcelona. 

Greig’s captaincy coincided with rivals Celtic’s most dominant period of all time under Jock Stein but his fortitude during this period makes Greig the greatest captain in Rangers history. 

Greig played 755 Games scoring a remarkable 120 Goals for Rangers and won 16 Trophies at Ibrox as a player before retiring in 1978 when he was appointed Manager of the club after replacing outgoing manager Jock Wallace. 

Greig failed to win the league championship as manager but won 2 Scottish Cups and 2 League Cups as well as reaching the quarter final in the 1978-79 European Cup famously beating Italian Champions Juventus. Greig also signed Rangers record goalscorer Ally McCoist but his reign as manager was a difficult one and under pressure from the media resigned in October 1983. 

John Greig is immortal at Ibrox and his legacy is intact as the greatest Ranger of All Time. Now the Honorary Life President of Rangers, Greig will also be remembered as the only captain in Rangers history to lift a European Trophy. 

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