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FOOTBALL: GREIG IS VOTED GREATEST EVER RANGER!; Ally second with Slim Jim third in result of world-wide poll of fans.

JOHN GREIG will this week be named by Ibrox as the Greatest Ever Ranger.

The legendary former captain and manager is the winner of a fans' poll which was set up by the club and has been running for two months. Rangers fans and supporters' clubs around the world took part.

The runner up in the big vote is Rangers' record goalscorer Ally McCoist.

Jim Baxter, the man widely regarded as the best player ever to play for the Ibrox club, came third in the vote.

Rangers hoped to keep the result a secret and make the announcement in dramatic fashion at their gala pounds 100-a-head dinner in dramatic fashion at their gala pounds 100-a-head dinner later this month. But Super Sport can exclusively reveal the result of the vote - the brainchild of vice chairman Donald Findlay - which is bound to set off arguments among Rangers fans everywhere. Greig is the surprise choice of the fans who voted because, despite his great service and terrifioc presence on the field, he has never been regarded as the club's best ever player on the ball. Winner Greig began as a skinny inside forward in 1960, developed into a hard tackling wing half in the 60s and finished as a left back in1978. In between he played a record 755 games winning five league titles, six Scottish cups, four league cups and skippering Rangers to the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972. He became manager in 1978, quit in 1983 but later returned to Ibrox and is now the clubs public relations executive. McCoist, who left to join Kilmarnock last summer, scored a record 339 goals in 555 games and was twice the winner of the European Golden Boot. Baxter, the silky smooth left half, with the left foot to die for, who played for the rest of the world at Wembley in 1962, was the inspiration behind the all-conquering Rangers side of the early 60s. When the competition was launched fears were expressed that younger voters would ignore the great service of many of the pre-war stars - notably the most successful captain the club has ever had, Davie Meiklejohn. When the ballot was launched Findlay said it would have to be limited to post Second World War players because ''few of us can recall players of these earlier eras''.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Leggat, David
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 1999
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