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.
“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.
“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.
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.