Mark Hateley

By Adam Robertson
 September 5, 2020

Mark Hateley - Target Man

Mark Hateley - Target Man

Mark Hateley. One of the best headers of the ball I've ever had the privilege to see. He had a peach of a left foot too.

Mark Hateley had the lot as a striker. A target man. A guy you could play it into his feet, he'd keep it and play midfielders in and he was the perfect foil for Ally McCoist.

What a strike force. A partnership made in Blue Heaven. That pair ripped it up year after year.

Hateley signed from Monaco but not as McCoist's partner, no, he was signed to play up front alongside Mo Johnston.

He had a sticky start to his Rangers career massively due to the fact he'd been out for the entire season before he signed for us.

He came good and then some though. My memories of watching him are that defences found him pretty much unplayable most of the time.

He led the line as well as anyone ever has in my time going to Ibrox.

A sensational striker who had left for QPR then came back effectively for one game against Celtic at Parkhead during the nine in a row season.

He got himself sent off that day but as was the mark of the man, the job was done and we walked away with a 1 nil victory, thanks in no small way to Mark Hateley's presence up front.

He was without doubt a part of the best strike force in Europe at the time. There was none better.

Hateley and McCoist were simply sensational and those old enough to remember still say if we had both available for our Champions League matches in the 92/93 season we most likely would've won the competition that season.

Due to injuries and suspensions I'm sure they only managed to play together twice during the group stage.

Mark Hateley. What. A, Gun. (Of a left foot).

Oddly, my fondest memory of Hateley is one of him during a heavy defeat. Away to Celtic in a Scottish Cup tie if I recall correctly.

He was on a booking and lost it. He knew he was getting sent off and the referee did that patronising thing where they waggle their finger, gesturing for him to come over.

Hateley just shook his head, pointed at the referee and gestured "no, you come here!" He then marched off giving it laldy to the jungle. I loved that about him!

Yip, he is quite possibly my favourite ever Rangers striker.

Simply brilliant.

Ninja - @NinjaMan54

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