Mark Hateley

By Adam Robertson
 September 25, 2020

Mark Hateley - Strength, Power & Pace

Mark Hateley - Strength, Power & Pace

I have to confess I wasn’t a fan of Mark Hateley when Graeme Souness splashed out £1,000,000 to bring him to Ibrox in the summer of 1990. My opinion of Mark was nothing to do with his credentials – after all he had AC Milan, Monaco and a goal for England against Brazil in the Maracana on is CV – it was down to the fact that Souness sidelined my hero, Ally McCoist, to accommodate Mark in the first XI.

But the big man soon won me round. He was the target man centre forward Souness had been after since he came to the club and over the next five years, Hateley struck fear in to the heart of many a defence not just in Scotland but in Europe too. 

Although McCoist initially fell out of favour, he fought back to forge with Hateley the most lethal striking partnership in our history. They both elevated each other’s games to another level but don’t be kidded in to thinking McCoist got the goals while Hateley claimed the assists. Mark was a killer marksman too and when McCoist missed most of season 1993/94 and 1994/95, Hateley became the main man for goalscoring. He was Scotland’s Player of the Year in 1994 and how he was overlooked for more England caps by Graeme Taylor still has me scratching my head.

His best moments? Undoubtedly his double against Aberdeen in the league decider at the end of his first season and his audacious goal against Leeds United at Elland Road are up there as is his rumbling up of Celtic when we all but clinched nine-in-a-row after Walter brought him back for a brief spell in 1997.

But my favourite Hateley goal came at Pittodrie just before Christmas in 1991. Running on to a pass from Stuart McCall, he outpaced the Aberdeen defence and thundered a shot home with his left foot. Strength, power, pace and a nose for goal, aye Mark Hateley most certainly taught me to never trust your first impressions! 

Alistair Aird

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