Rangers icon Sandy Jardine would have turned 73 today and the club and supporters have marked the occasion with tributes to the Ibrox great with a host of tributes being paid on social media.
Jardine was a hugely popular player at Ibrox during a glittering career that saw him make 674 appearances for Rangers – the third-highest of all-time after Dougie Gray and John Greig – and score 77 goals as the Gers support idolised the Edinburgh-born star
Jardine would go on to lift three Scottish titles at Ibrox, five Scottish Cups, five League Cups and the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup – being an integral part of the side which won two Trebles in three years as Rangers became Scotland’s Treble Kings.
While a Rangers player, Jardine would rack up an incredible 171 consecutive appearances between April 27 1972 and August 30 1975 before a move across the M8 to join boyhood heroes Hearts saw him win the Scottish Player of the Year award aged 37.
It was at Hearts that Jardine would move into management, before eventually returning to Rangers in a number of different behind-the-scenes roles under several former Ibrox managers.
When the financial meltdown hit in 2012, Jardine became a hugely influential figurehead of the fans’ movement to protect the club.
Few players anywhere will have the impact on a club like William Pullar Jardine did on Rangers and it is only fitting that supporters and the club paid their respects, almost eight years on from his death in 2014.
Jardine was paid the ultimate tribute by Rangers when the Govan Stand was renamed in his honour in August 2014, joining Bill Struth in having a stand at Ibrox named for them.