RANGERS ONE YEAR ON: Comic Andy Cameron is proud of Ibrox club

THERE is no hiding the hurt in Andy Cameron's voice as he recalls the dramatic events of last season.

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n Rangers started in the Third Division v Peterhead, left, and Andy has been in the stands as Rangers have travelled  the country Main picture: Colin  Templeton n Andy's first game was against Moscow Dynamo in 1945
n Rangers started in the Third Division v Peterhead, left, and Andy has been in the stands as Rangers have travelled the country Main picture: Colin Templeton n Andy's first game was against Moscow Dynamo in 1945

Last May the season was over, but Rangers' future was still clouded by uncertainty.

Andy said: "I had a lump in my throat at the last match of the season against Motherwell at Ibrox. I am very sad and angry. I cannot forgive Craig Whyte (the club's then owner who had put it administration).

"My views on previous owner Sir David Murray are clouded by the fact he gave us great players and nine league titles in a row. We were all cheering him then.

"But I try to be positive ..."

Today, a year after it was plunged into administration, Andy is a lot more positive about the club he has supported since he was a boy and he is full of praise for the fans who have remained super-loyal.

First things first. Andy's earliest Rangers' experience dates to 1945 just six months after the Second World War ended.

His dad was a Third Lanark supporter. The rest of the family supported Clyde.

His uncle Joe, a Rangers' fan from Bridgeton, told him: "There's no way you're going to Shawfield. You're coming with me."

Andy said: "Joe is long gone now, but he always said I sat on his shoulders at the Moscow Dynamo game at Ibrox in November 1945.

"Dynamo were a world-famous team and I think there was a crowd of 95,000 there. It was a two-all draw."

In fact, Rangers recovered from 2-0 down to equalise through Jimmy Smith and George Young and a two-minute British Pathe newsreel clip with highlights of the game can still be seen online.

Andy's love affair with the club grew from there and has lasted to this day. But a shiver runs down his spine when he thinks back to the events that overtook Rangers.

"At the time it was happening, we were blaming everybody.

"But what happened was that The Chancer – I wouldn't even say his name – came in and treated a great Scottish institution like Rangers as if it were just another company."

The Chancer is the club's former owner, Craig Whyte.

Andy said: "He told a press conference he had always been a Rangers' fan, that he had been taken there by his dad when he was 11 and 12. But when he said he couldn't remember the names of any favourite players, that raised some eyebrows.

"He forgot it was a football club. That has been proved by the supporters.

"Bear in mind that 47,500 of them turned up on a Friday night to see an old-crocks' match between AC Milan legends and Rangers' ex-players.

"And the kick-off had to be delayed 15 minutes because the crowd was so large. The Italians couldn't believe it.

"We now get 45,000 at Ibrox for a Third Division match. That is unheard of."

Andy has missed only three Rangers games this season, including the Scottish Cup game v Dundee United the weekend before last.

"I wasn't going to boycott it," he says, referring to a call by Rangers' chief executive Charles Green.

"I was desperate to go, but something came up and I couldn't go.

"There have been some strange things this season, though.

"Normally, when Rangers play at Hampden, it's a cup final or semi-final. But there we were, playing a Third Division match against Queen's Park, in front of 30,000 people, which was amazing.

"We won 1-0 - and it was the first time for years we had won there and then didn't climb the staircase to collect a trophy. All we got was three points.

"This whole thing about Rangers has brought some of the humour back, though.

"The team is going to places like Berwick, Elgin and Montrose.

"Peterhead, too – imagine going all the way to Peterhead to see your team, and coming back smelling of fish.

"It's a great adventure, and the league has more or less been won, even if we are out of all the cups.

"We have maybe five or six young players in the team, including some I think will really make it – Lewis Macleod, Barry McKay, Kyle Hutton and Robbie Crawford. It's proof Murray Park (the club's training ground) can produce some really good players.

"We have also got pros who have played in the SPL who have been finding out the Third Division is a completely different ball game."

One of the great Rangers' quotes from last year's crisis came from manager Ally McCoist.

When asked if he would quit, he said: "This is my club, the same as it is for thousands and thousands of Rangers supporters. We don't do walking away."

Looking back, was Andy ever tempted to walk away?

He said: "Never. Rangers is in the blood. I know fans who would not get married on the day of a game.

"I remember Willie Waddell (former player and manager) standing in the centre circle years ago with a microphone.

"He said the club meant so much to many people. "

For good measure, he refers to the words of one club song, 'Rangers 'Til I Die.'

The message is clear. No matter what has happened, Andy is a Rangers' fan until he dies.

Tomorrow: Meet the fan whose family has followed Rangers for three generations

ANDY Cameron has followed Rangers since 1945, enjoying the club's many triumphs and having also seen it suffering numerous lows.

But he admits the events of February 14 last year, when the club went into administration left him – and every other Rangers' fan – stunned.

One year on, the comedian talks about his memories of that day – and about why he remains loyal to the boys in blue -

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