Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has been looking back at the 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup win after the 47th anniversary passed yesterday and admitted that “sometimes your dreams do come true.”
Johnstone wrote his name into Ibrox immortality on May 24th 1972 as the Gers lifted their first European trophy at Barcelona’s Nou Camp.

Rangers FC legends get the attention of photographers 06 November 2007 as they remember when they won in 1972 the Cup Winner Cup in Camp Nou in Barcelona. The Scottish team was currently training, today here, on the eve of their Champions League group E football match against FC Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE
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Almost half a century on, DJ admits that it’s still a “special feeling” knowing what he achieved with the rest of the Barca Bears after replacing the injured Colin Jackson.
“Of course, you don’t sleep at all. You are lying in your bed and you are dreaming. This was the dream I had since I made my debut against Cowdenbeath,”
Johnstone told the Evening Times.
The Glasgow Rangers football team celebrate in their dressing room after winning the European Cup Winners' Cup final against FC Dynamo Moscow at Camp Nou Barcelona, 24th May 1972. Rangers won the match 3-2.
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“It was a European final, a chance for history. Rangers had some great sides in the past, but none of them had won a European trophy.

“Sometimes your dreams do come true, and that day they certainly did. Nearly 50 years on, it is still a special feeling.”
Johnstone, only 18 at the time, replaced Bomber after he failed a fitness test at the club’s base in Sitges in the build-up to the final.
HAMPDEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 03: Derek Johnstone former Rangers striker (L) and former St Mirren boss Gary Teale pose for a photograph during the Scottish League Cup Draw at Hampden Park on August 3, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The Gers have only reached one European final since and the Barca Bears are still revered as one of, if not the, greatest Rangers side in history.
Hopefully, in another fifty years time, there’s more European success stories for legends to reminisce over.
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