JOHN GREIG was voted The Greatest Ever Ranger in 1999 and there were few dissenting voices with that choice. Although born in Edinburgh and brought up a Hearts fan, Greig would devote his entire senior career to the Ibrox side, making an astonishing 755 official appearances for the club between 1961 and 1978. His crowning glory came in 1972 when he lifted the Cup Winners Cup but there were many other triumphs during his time at the club, noticeably five league titles, six Scottish Cups and five League Cups.
He moved upstairs into the manager’s office upon retiring and would stay in post there for five years. Although he would fail to deliver a league title, he did take Rangers to a European Cup quarter-final and landed a further two Scottish Cups and two League Cups. After leaving in 1983, he spent some time working for the media before returning to Ibrox in a PR capacity for several years.
He was a stalwart for Scotland, too. He played 44 times – 15 as captain –and scored the only goal of a famous win over Italy at Hampden in 1965.
|Full name||John Greig|
|Date of birth||11 September 1942|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|1963–1970||Scottish League XI||13||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.