FOOTBALL: Malcolm Back on Old Firm

The People (London, England), January 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

FOOTBALL: Malcolm Back on Old Firm


BOB MALCOLM is hoping his super show in the last Old Firm game will re-launch his Ibrox career.

And that would be fitting because it was his nightmare in his debut against Celtic which almost scuppered his Rangers dream before it had really begun.

That was two years ago when Dick Advocaat pitched the then untried 20-year-old against Henrik Larsson and Co at Hampden, in the League Cup semi-final.

Larsson gave Malcolm a going over as Celtic won and it was a major setback.

But when he was shifted into a man-for-man marking role against Chris Sutton after the Englishman had given Celtic a record-breaking early lead at Ibrox in November, it was a different story.

Rangers roared back to grab a 3-2 victory as Malcolm performed magnificently.

He looks back on that as a turning point, saying: "It was just a straightforward man-marking job but I suppose because it was against Celtic, and also on Sutton, who is such a good player, it got noticed."

It also meant when Lorenzo Amoruso and Craig Moore were injured, boss Alex McLeish had no hesitation in slotting him into the heart of the title-chasing defence.

Not that Malcolm gets carried away.

He insists: "I know I am only ever in the team until either Craig or Lorenzo is fit again and then I will move aside for them. …

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