John Greig

By Adam Robertson
 September 10, 2020

John Greig - My Father's First Hero
John Greig

John Greig - My Father's First Hero

Of all the medals that John Greig collected in his career, few were surely treated with as much disdain as the European Cup Winners' Cup runners-up badge that bounced off every wall of his Nuremberg dressing room in 1967. Five years later, although he had no business leading his team out onto that famous Nou Camp pitch due to injury, nothing was going to stand in his way of finally achieving the kind of continental success that the club demanded. Ruled out of the semi final win over Bayern Munich at Ibrox, Greig could hardly walk by the time the squad flew to Barcelona but it wouldn't stop him thundering into Yozhef Sabo in the opening seconds and eventually getting his hands on that silverware in the depths of one of football's most revered cathedrals.

One of my father's first heroes, he was delighted that Greig was brought on with seconds remaining at Easter Road three years later to savour the end of another long wait for success, this time the league championship. There are elements woven into the fabric of Rangers Football Club that seem to endure throughout the changing eras and Greig is the perfect personification of that. The one-club man, stepping into whatever role was necessary throughout the decades and giving his best. There can't be many to have been a key part of two golden, treble-winning eras spanning almost 20 years. As he put it himself, "there could never be another club for me."

Martyn Ramsay - @hobbes_ff

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