League One side Dumbarton are auctioning off a small piece of Rangers history with the ball that “scored the winning goal” as the Gers wrapped up their 5oth league title.
The Sons are selling off various pieces of memorabilia but it is Lot 8 that will catch the eye for Gers fans with the ball, signed by Alex McLeish and Andy Watson also accompanied by a match-worn Bob Malcolm shirt and signed match programme.
This bundle has been specially donated to DumbartonFC by Gordon Hunter, from Helicopter Sunday🚁 2003
The ball that scored the winning goal for @RangersFC their 50th Scottish league title.
Signed by Alex McLeish & Andy Watson program signed by referee Stuart Dougal- BID NOW pic.twitter.com/UNGqa2FuJU
— Dumbarton FC (@Dumbartonfc) June 1, 2020
The items were donated to assistant referee Gordon Hunter on his final match at senior level as Rangers trounced Dunfermline 6-1 at Ibrox in 2003.
Rangers lifted the title on goal difference that day as Celtic failed to outscore the Light Blues in their game against Kilmarnock, famously prompting Chris Sutton to throw a tantrum on live television and accuse the Pars of lying down – completely ignoring the fact Celtic won 4-0 and missed a penalty at Rugby Park.
Michael Mols fired the Light Blues in front after two minutes before the nephew of Ibrox icon Jim Baxter fired an unstoppable strike beyond Stefan Klos to silence the home fans.
It didn’t take long for Rangers to regain their composure though as Claudio Canniggia restored the lead and Shota Arveladze made it 3-1 before the break.
Ronald de Boer and Steven Thompson both scored in the space of a minute to put the Gers within touching distance of the title before Celtic drew level on goal difference to set up a nervy finale.
There was last-minute drama though as Neil McCann was hauled to the ground in the penalty box and referee Stuart Dougal pointed to the spot as Ibrox waited.
Mikel Arteta stepped up and, showing coolness well beyond his years, slotted the ball home to put Rangers back ahead of their bitter rivals and secure a record 50th crown – although it would take a few more minutes for the news to filter through that Celtic had failed to get the goals they needed.
Now, Rangers fans can own the ball that Arteta nestled in the bottom corner of Derek Stillie’s net and sealed the title that prompted the Gers to put five stars above the club’s badge.
Bids can be made by email to [email protected]