How should Rangers honour legend Sandy Jardine?


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Sandy Jardine, who died last week aged 65, was remembered by the Rangers family before the 3-0 victory over Stranraer
Sandy Jardine, who died last week aged 65, was remembered by the Rangers family before the 3-0 victory over Stranraer

IF AC Milan can retire two jerseys then why can't Rangers retire one? The San Siro club don't play with the No.3 or the No.6 shirts out of respect to legendary former players Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi respectively.

And the Italian giants have won Europe's premier club competition, the European Cup and the Champions League seven times.

For me, Rangers should do exactly the same thing to pay a lasting tribute to Sandy Jardine, who tragically passed away after a battle with cancer aged 65.

The former Scotland full-back is one of their all-time greatest players, a world-class talent, and was a member of the European Cup-Winners' Cup side in 1972.

But he also worked for many years behind the scenes at Ibrox in a variety of different guises and became a figurehead when they went into administration in 2012.

He should not be forgotten for his years of loyal service on and off the park. Retiring his No.2 jersey would guarantee this.


IT was a day of mixed emotions at Ibrox as Rangers lifted the League One title and paid tribute to one of their all-time greats, the balance between celebration and remembrance perfectly struck.

From the video montages to the minute's silence and songs and chants from the terraces, Sandy Jardine was never far from the thoughts of the Light Blue legions who have left thousands of scarves and messages at the famous blue gates to say goodbye to a man who epitomised the values of a Ranger.

It was Jardine who got the campaign off and running when he unfurled the Third Division flag in August and Ally McCoist dedicated the title triumph to the Ibrox legend when he made a heart-warming speech.

Jardine was a figure to rally round during Rangers' fight for survival two years ago and, while he may not see The Journey being completed, returning his club to the level they should be at would be the ultimate payback for his sterling efforts.


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