Sandy Jardine

By Adam Robertson
 September 27, 2020

Sandy Jardine - Sandy in Royal Blue

Sandy Jardine - Sandy in Royal Blue

William Pullar Jardine. The word legend gets banded about to easily in football these days but that word doesn’t seem to do, the man affectionately known as Sandy, Justice. With over 600 appearances for the club Sandy is only second to the greatest ever Ranger John Greig in appearances.

Many Rangers fans wax lyrical when speaking of Sandy Jardine and recall many great goals and performances while wearing the famous blue. Winning 3 Scottish League Championships, 5 Scottish Cups, 5 League Cups and of course the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup in Barcelona, Sandy was correctly inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame. Sandy was a huge driving force behind the introduction of a Rangers Hall of Fame, he was hugely proud of the clubs history, traditions, standards and success. He thought it should be celebrated and displayed with pride of place above the marble staircase at Ibrox. Rangers fans are immensely proud of the values that the club holds dear and loads of little touches around Ibrox were down to Sandy.

He became Player Liaison officer when he ended up back at Ibrox in a non playing capacity and was often the first face any new player would see when they earned the tremendous honour of wearing our famous jersey. A finer man they couldn’t meet and he became a source of strength and friendship in finding homes for new foreign players and ensuring they settled in this country.

Sandys imprint is all over our prestigious trophy room and he often was the one who decided what went on display. Quite possibly Sandys biggest and important role with the club was when he led from the front in our time of need. Financial troubles had burdened the club for so long and the fans, Players and Management team needed someone to look to when we needed them most, Sandy rose to the occasion and served our club with distinction once more. Leading 10,000 bears from Queens Park to Hampden to deliver a letter (Or empty envelope as we now know) was up there with one of his finest achievements. Many had suggested against the idea given the risk of trouble, The fans took on board what Sandy had asked and did him and our club proud.

It should be mentioned that taking all of this on his shoulders despite his own personal struggles with health is something our club can never repay him for. Sadly we lost Sandy to illness, a loss we all still feel to this day no matter whether you knew him personally or not. Not only was he a Great Ranger but an even Greater Man and the renaming of the Govan Stand was a fitting tribute.

Sandy in Royal Blue, wherever you may be looking down from above, I hope we continue to make you proud and I hope you look on when 55 is hoisted high into the air, that one is for you! Without you…..There would be no Rangers.

Scott Gray - @battlefeverpod

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