Rangers beat Manchester United 4-1 at Ibrox on Monday afternoon, in a charity match featuring former players from both sides.
Approximately 23,000 fans turned out to watch the likes of Ally McCoist, Brian Laudrup, Stuart McCall, Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin and Dwight Yorke pull on their club’s colours once more in aid of the Rangers Charity Foundation and UNICEF.
Supporters were treated to a good-natured contest, with flashes of brilliance from a cast that have provided so many memories down the years.
Rangers began brightest and had a golden opportunity to take the lead after just two minutes through Nacho Novo (the only man on show still currently playing professionally). He was sent clean through but Reds goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw, now 50, combined with Dion Dublin to turn the ball wide.
At the other end, Andy Goram saved well from Peter Beardsley but there was nothing he could do on 17 minutes to prevent United taking the lead. Rangers struggled to clear a corner and the ball fell to Dwight Yorke, who showed great improvisation to lay the ball into Ronny Johnsen’s path. The Norwegian and 1999 Treble winner calmly side-footed home from 12 yards.
The home side drew level on 30 minutes when Jorg Albertz rolled back the years to thunder in a strike from 25 yards. Van der Gouw managed to get a finger-tip to the shot but it was struck with far too much venom.
Plenty of entertainment followed, even if goalmouth action was in short supply until current Rangers manager Ally McCoist forced van der Gouw into a fine stop on 60 minutes.
Seven minutes later, the Gers legend played a huge role in his side’s second goal. There was a huge slice of fortune involved, mind you, as McCoist’s shot – heading wide – struck the back of his team-mate, Trevor Steven, and spun past van der Gouw in the United goal.
Rangers’ supreme fitness told in the final 20 minutes and McCoist, Rangers’ all-time highest goalscorer, netted another when his free-kick snuck in at the near post.