Former Rangers star Andy Little has opened up on winning the Sam English Bowl for finishing as the club’s top league goalscorer in 2012 and admitted that it was a “wonderful feeling” – even if it came as a complete surprise to him.
The Northern Irishman ended the 2012/13 season with 22 league goals but thought he’d missed out on the award as Lee McCulloch had scored more across all competitions that season.
Little confessed that he was “proud as punch” to win the beautiful rose bowl and to join the likes of Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller and Nikica Jelavic as previous winners.
“I was at the end-of-season Player of the Year dance and I got a tap on the shoulder, ‘You’re up next, Andy!’” Little said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I thought Lee McCulloch had won the race for top scorer, as I didn’t realise the award was for league goals only. You can imagine my speech!
“I was as proud as punch. I scored 22 goals that season – half the total Sam managed.
“But to think I had won such a beautiful trophy at the club I had loved since I was a wee boy was just such a wonderful feeling.
“Previous winners include Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller and Nikica Jelavic, and of course Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe have now been added, so I’m in good company.”
The rose bowl contains 44 silver balls, one for each of the league goals English scored in his phenomenal 1931/32 campaign and was commissioned in 2008 by the Ranger Supporter’s Association.
The Northern Irishman would go on to play for Liverpool, Hartlepool and Queen of the South and his 44 league goals in a single season looks like it’ll continue to stand as a club record for a long time to come.