Rangers legend Mark Hateley thinks his first goal in the final day title triumph over Aberdeen in 1991 “proved” him to his doubters as he admitted it was an “important goal” in establishing him at Ibrox.

Hateley had joined the Gers the previous summer but hadn’t really got going before the final day shoot-out which saw the Dons only needing a draw at Ibrox to walk away as champions.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Mark Hateley of Glasgow Rangers celebrates after scoring during the Scottish League Cup Semi

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The striker got on the end of a Mark Walters cross to send Ibrox wild and the Englishman admits “everything” about that afternoon worked out well for him.

“That last game of the season v Aberdeen proved me to the doubters,” Hateley said in a Q&A with Rangers’ Youth Development Company.

Mark Hateley (left) and Chris Woods (right) of the Rangers FC football team squad celebrate with manager Walter Smith on the pitch with the trophy after beating Aberdeen 2-0 at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow to win the 1990-91 Scottish Premier Division championship on 11th May 1991.

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“It was such an important goal and we kept our run going. Everything about that game was good for me. It was back to me being me.”

 

The title would be the Gers third of an eventual nine in a row, with Hateley playing a massive part in that success.

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Members of the Rangers FC football team squad celebrate on the pitch with the trophy after beating Aberdeen 2-0 at Ibrox Stadium to win the 1990-91 Scottish Premier Division championship in Glasgow on 11th May 1991. Squad team members that played in the match include: Chris Woods, Gary Stevens, Scott Nisbet, John Brown, Ally McCoist, Tom Cowan, Ian Durrant, terry Hurlock, Nigel Spackman, Ian Ferguson, Mark Walters, Mark Hateley and Mo Johnston.

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He would go on to form one of the most clinical attacking partnerships British football has seen with Ally McCoist and fire the Gers to within touching distance of a European Cup final.

Hateley scored some incredibly crucial goals for the Gers but – with the exception of his goal against Leeds in the Champions League – none come close to having had the impact that his double against the Dons did.