NOW YOU KNOW: 'The Rhino' hit five for Gers against QoS

DON Kichenbrand had a very good goalscoring record for Rangers despite not playing too many competitive matches during his time at Ibrox...

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Rangers' Don Kichenbrand, right, is challenged by Hearts pair Dave Mackay, left, and Freddie Glidden at Tynecastle in 1956
Rangers' Don Kichenbrand, right, is challenged by Hearts pair Dave Mackay, left, and Freddie Glidden at Tynecastle in 1956

J MALCOLM (Castlemilk) –Can you provide me with any information about the South African centre-forward Don Kichenbrand, who played for Rangers in the early 1960s?

His Ibrox career was a little earlier than you think. The big man – nicknamed "The Rhino" – was born in Johannesburg and signed for Rangers on September 26, 1955, from South African club Delfos.

Don, whose surname is often spelled Kitchenbrand with a 'T', was popular with many of the fans because of his whole-hearted style of play.

He had one very successful season at Ibrox and was a member of the league-winning side of season 1955/56.

In competitive matches for Rangers, he scored 30 goals in 37 appearances, including five in a game against Queen of the South – the first Scottish league match to be played under floodlights.

In 1958, he was transferred to Sunderland and later had a spell at Forfar Athletic before returning to South Africa.

TOMMY WELSH (Bishopbriggs) – Could you settle an argument for me? I say Billy McNeill signed Willie Garner from Aberdeen and that his full debut was against Aberdeen at Celtic Park and he scored two own goals. None of my fellow Hoops friends remember this.

You are partly correct. Willie Garner was signed from Aberdeen by Billy McNeill and he did score one own goal on his debut, which was against St Mirren back on August 8, 1981.

Willie eventually only played three games for Celtic and left to join Alloa on November 30, 1982.

TOM BARCLAY (Cowcaddens) – As a youngster, my dad took me to see Scotland play West Germany at Hampden. I think it would be a World Cup qualifying game, in about 1969. It ended in a 1-1 draw with Bobby Murdoch equalising late in the game, but who was in goal for the Germans? I say it was Sepp Maier, however dad disagrees.

The keeper in question was Horst Wolter. The Germans took an early lead through Gerd Muller, and Wolter was two minutes away from keeping a clean sheet when Murdoch equalised with a superb shot on 88 minutes. The date was April 16, 1969.

K DOUGLAS (Paisley) – Can you tell me how many caps Hearts goalkeeper Henry Smith won?

Henry Smith was capped three times during his career. His first cap was on February 17, 1988, when he came on as a substitute for Jim Leighton against Saudi Arabia.

His second cap was on February 19, 1992, against Northern Ireland and his third and last cap was on May 20, 1992, against Canada.


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