Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So Much Has Changed at Rangers since Heady Days of 1993

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

So Much Has Changed at Rangers since Heady Days of 1993

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Byline: NEIL CAMERON Analysing life in Black & White

ALLY McCOIST was delighted, humbled and eventually inspired by Newcastle United's visit to Glasgow 20 years ago this week.

Reduced to sitting in the stand for his own testimonial match because of a broken leg, the-then Rangers striker, now the club's manager, was blown away with the performance of these upstarts from Geordie Land.

Rangers were fresh from winning a domestic Treble and had even come within a whisker of making the first ever Champions League final.

The European Cup had that season been transformed into two groups of eight, rather than the knock-out format of before. Rangers were pipped to a final appearance against AC Milan by a Marseille side that were soon engulfed in bribery allegations.

Mark Hateley claimed years later that a message was sent to him saying that if he didn't score against Marseille in France, the penultimate group match, he would do well out of it.

That is how good the Rangers team of 1993 was Opponents were reduced to underhand tactics in an attempt to beat them.

They were a big deal and were well beaten.

McCoist, a former Sunderland player, told me years later how impressed he had been with Newcastle that evening.

He said: "It was a busy night despite me not playing, but I was determined to actually watch as much of the game as I could.

"Newcastle were absolutely brilliant.

I did not know much about Andy Cole as he was just a young player, but his running off the ball was terrific.

"We were a good team. Make no mistake about that, but they bossed us that night.

"I loved that Newcastle side. They passed the ball so well and, to be honest, we did not get near them. I also looked up to Kevin, who is a brilliant guy, because his team played football the way I like to see it played.

"I took real inspiration from the way he wanted his players to attack all the time.

"I think just about everyone wanted them to win the league. …

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