Motherwell name stand after Rangers legend Tommy McLean
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Motherwell name stand after Rangers legend Tommy McLean

Former Rangers star Tommy McLean has become the second ex-Ger to have their name immortalised by Premiership side Motherwell, joining the late, great Davie Cooper in having a stand named after him.

The Steelmen have announced that the South Stand at Fir Park will now be known as the Tommy McLean Stand and comes after he was inducted into the club’s hall of fame.

Tommy McLean with the Rangers treble-winners of 1977/78 (Photo by Harry Ormesher/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

McLean spent a decade a Fir Park and was in charge for the famous Scottish Cup win in 1991 as the ‘Well deat Dundee United 4-3.

His time at Rangers saw McLean make 452 appearances for the Light Blues over an eleven year spell at Ibrox and he wrote his name into folklore as one of the Barcelona Bears who lifted the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

McLean also won three league titles, three League cups and four Scottish Cups while at Ibrox before hanging up his boots in 1982, with a brief spell as Morton manager preceding his decade-long spell at Motherwell.

“I am extremely honoured at this fantastic accolade and I would like to thank all those who suggested that the stand be named after me as a legacy to my time at Motherwell Football Club,” the Rangers legend said [Football Scotland].

“I would also like to extend my appreciation to the club and the board of the Well Society for making this happen.”

“When the club tasked Well Society members to rename the only stand at Fir Park that doesn’t currently pay tribute to a legend, we consulted our members and asked them to email suggestions,” Douglas Dickie, chairman of Well Society said.

“There were so many worthy and deserving names submitted for us to consider. However, one name stood out and that was our 1991 cup winning manager Tommy McLean.

”Therefore, the Society board decided that it was only right to honour him in this way. Tommy was much more than just the man who delivered that trophy.

“Not only did he get the team promoted back to the top flight of Scottish football in his first season, where we have been ever since, he built a squad capable of silverware and our first venture into European football.

“He also brokered what was a club-record fee of £1.75m for Phil O’Donnell to Celtic and then rebuilt another squad, this one good enough to run Rangers all the way in the 1993/94 title race.

“His success on and off the field helped solidify the club financially, which following the publication of the Taylor Report, facilitated the renovation of Fir Park into the stadium it is now, including the away stand which will now bear his name.

“Quite simply, Tommy is one of the most important figures in Motherwell FC’s 135-year existence and certainly the most influential in our recent history.

“We felt it was right for the club to pay tribute to him in this way, and for his name to be forever etched for generations to come.

“The club will spend the new few weeks making the necessary changes to update the stadium, including new signage, to honour Tommy.”

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