Rangers legend Brian Laudrup, known as Godrup to the fans, turns 50 years old today.

And the Great Dane, who famously said he’s rather face the Bairns than walk out for Barcelona, has been inundated with tributes by the Rangers faithful.

It appears down Ibrox way the incredibly talented winger is still a very popular man.

 

This milestone gives fans the chance to reflect on a different time at Rangers. Brian Laudrup was a world class player. A Danish international who would finish his career with 82 caps and 21 goals. Someone who was touted by the biggest teams in Europe.

And he didn’t just play for us – he loved playing for us.

The sublime forward spent more time at Ibrox than anywhere else in his career. He played 150 times for the club, scoring 44 goals.

Laudrup’s Rangers career defined by big matches, big goals and big success

Walter Smith took Brian Laudrup to Rangers in the summer of 1994 after the Dane failed to settle at AC Milan. What proceeded was a masterclass in flair, skill and ability. Over four years Laudrup would go on to etch himself into Rangers history.

There were plenty of famous performances too. In the aptly named Laudrup Final of 96, the Danish forward didn’t only set up every goal in a Gordon Durie hattrick, but he also nabbed two for himself. Rangers demolished Hearts 5-1 to win the Scottish Cup.

Laudrup would win five trophies during his time at Ibrox. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

Laudrup also famously scored the goal which secured Rangers’ ninth title in a row at Tannadice in 1997. It was the only goal of the game and one of the most important in Rangers history. Laudrup would also win the Scottish Football Writers Best Player Award that year for the second time (94/95 & 96/97).

What makes Laudrup’s Rangers career so pleasurable is how much this talented star loved it at Ibrox. He described Rangers as the “best four years of my career”.

For many fans, it reamins amongst the best four years of following the club. The pleasure was, and remains, all Rangers’ Brian.

Happy birthday to an Ibrox legend. Happy birthday Brian Laudrup!

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