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Columnist Terry Butcher on the going of Gough.

I first met up with Richard Gough when he joined Rangers way back in October 1987.

He played right back with Graham Roberts and me at the centre of defence.

And when I broke my leg in 1990 he moved in alongside Graham and eventually became captain.

He was a strong-willed lad then and, if anything, appears to have beome even more strong-willed since.

I'm surprised at his decision because he is supremely fit and very influential at Ibrox.

But I do think he's made the right decision by leaving Scotland rather than playing at lower levels here.

No disrespect to Clyde and Clydebank but I genuinely do believe Charlie Nicholas and I both made a mistake with those moves.

Richard will head for a big pay day in Japan before deciding his long- term future.

I reckon that will be in South Africa. He loves the country and he loves the sun.

In fact it was a standing joke at Ibrox that he was always injured around Christmas and popped off to South Africa to recuperate !

The timing of his decision is also clever. What better incentive could his team mates have to make it the coveted nine-in-a-row in his last season as skipper?

Rangers have gone on a roller-coaster ride ever since the day Graeme Souness walked into Ibrox. And Richard has played a key part in it.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Butcher, Terry
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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