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I was a boyhood Rangers fan and to play for them at the age of twenty was something special. It didn’t quite work out first time around and I decided to move on to play regular football.
After a spell at Wolves and, would you believe, a short spell at rivals Celtic and then Derby, I decided to head back to Scotland and sign for Rangers for a second time.
This time Walter Smith was in charge and everything felt right about coming back. I knew I would have to win the Rangers fans over after my spell at Celtic and what better place to do it than an old firm game at the home of your great rivals.
All week the boys banter was magnificent. We had been training with our weight vests on and more than a few teammates had suggested I would be better with a bulletproof one when the game came around!
The noise was incredible and no surprise every camera seemed to be focusing on me for the big live game. As you can imagine, I was slightly more nervous than usual.
There was always going to be a moment for me in this game and it duly arrived seven minutes into the second half with the match nicely poised at 1-1. Kevin Thomson floated a cross from left to right and, with time and space, I volleyed the ball into the ground to bounce it past Artur Boruc to make it 2-1.
I went absolutely mental. It was my first goal of the season and my first goal for Rangers in an old firm game. Pedro Mendes added number three and I got my second after a mistake by Boruc to score a simple tap in.
We eventually won 4-2 and it went a long way to settling me back in the team and getting me back onside with the fans. We went on to win the league at the end of the season and that capped off a perfect return to my boyhood team.Back to The Football Family
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