“I was brought up in a Kilmarnock supporting household. My grandfather “Mattha” had won two Scottish Cups with Killie and had captained them to victory in the 1929 final against Rangers. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him as he died before I was born. However, my other grandfather went to Killie games and took me now and again if I was available. As a 9 year old he took me to see a Killie v Rangers game at Rugby Park. I was there to support Killie but was captivated by a player in the Rangers team that day – Jim Baxter.

As I had started playing in street and park games with my pals, I was practising my skills and trying to develop a style of play. As Baxter was slim, I thought this was the type of player I could emmulate as I was a wee skinny boy at the time.  What turned out to be very fortunate for me was that I started using only my left foot as I was copying Jim Baxter’s style. When I went to play for a kid’s team two years later the manager said I was too one footed and would need to start using my right foot. He was very surprised how quickly I complied. Jim Baxter inspired me when he did an interview in 1977 saying I was a great signing for Rangers, you can imagine how I felt at hearing such a compliment.“

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