Former Rangers coach Tommy Moller Nielsen has opened up on working with “unbelievable” Neil McCann during his time at Ibrox and thinks all the winger’s har work “paid off” when he famously scored the goals at Celtic Park to seal a famous league title for the Light Blues.
McCann sealed his place in Rangers folklore with the May 1999 Parkhead double in what is still one of the most famous Old Firm wins in living memory as the Light Blues taunted their biggest rivals by doing a huddle after the full-time whistle as what was left of the home support streamed for the exits.
As one of the few backroom staff carried over from Walter Smith’s departure, then Gers boss Dick Advocaat put a lot of faith in Nielsen and the former Ibrox coach opened up on the time the Little General asked his view on whether a move to take McCann to the club from Hearts would be worthwhile.
“I’ll never forget when [Advocaat] asked me about Neil McCann,” he told the Rangers Review.
“He said, ‘Do you like him?’, and I said, ‘Yes, really much indeed, he’s a very good left-footed player, he is always giving us problems,’ and he said, ‘Do you think we should take him?’ and I said ‘Yes, I think so,’ and he said, ‘Yes, ok, we’ll take him.’
“He trusted me on that, he knew that I knew him so well. McCann was unbelievable with his pace, especially his pace with the ball.
“He could assist and score goals as well. He was a hard-working boy and it all paid off when he scored those two goals at Parkhead.
“I remember his first training where he didn’t have a very good session but that was simply because he was trying too hard to do well and impress.
“He was so proud at being signed for Rangers that he wanted to pay back. On top of that, he was a magnificent footballer. He was technically good but at the same time, his work rate and his attitude was brilliant. He fitted into Rangers from day one.”
McCann would go on and lift three Scottish Premiership titles, four Scottish Cups and a couple of League Cups during his time at Ibrox.
The winger remains a big favourite with the Rangers support and is often a pundit on Rangers TV as part of the club’s in-house broadcast team.
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