Iconic Rangers figure explains Queen portrait as Liverpool get mention
Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her Corgis, 28th September 1952. UPI color slide.

Iconic Rangers figure explains Queen portrait as Liverpool get mention

Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness has explained the reasons behind why he hung the famous portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II inside the dressing room at Ibrox.

It was the former Scotland international who ordered the club’s then kitman Doddie Soutar to hang the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the wall at Ibrox with two photos of Her Majesty now hanging in the club’s home dressing room.

Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Mail, Graeme Souness explains that he felt it “important” that a “protestant institution” like Rangers should have this in their home ground.

The comments come after the reigning Monarch’s passing at the age of 96 last week.

Graeme Souness on Rangers’ dressing room portrait of the Queen

“One of the first things I did when I became Rangers manager, seven years earlier, was ask our kitman, Doddie Soutar, to get me the biggest portrait of our Queen that he could find, which we hung on the home dressing room wall,” said Souness.

“It was important to me that the club, a Protestant institution, should have it there. It has remained there to this day.”

The ex-Ibrox gaffer also told a story about the empathy of the Queen in the aftermath of an event remembering the lives lost in the Hillsborough disaster in 1993.

“I was one of the few very fortunate people to meet the Queen when she came to Anfield in 1993 to visit the Hillsborough Disaster Memorial,” said Souness.

“I was Liverpool’s manager and I’ve never forgotten her empathy for the families and the club at that difficult time.”

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The tragedy in Sheffield sent shockwaves around the United Kingdom and Souness claims he was struck by the compassion and graciousness of Queen Elizabeth.

Rangers remain a very traditional club in this regard with both the portraits of the Queen hung inside Ibrox and the Loving Cup ceremony – which toasts the reigning Monarch every year – standing as a testement this.

Rangers have also been sending a series of tributes after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the club remembers her some 70-year reign.