A group of prominent Rangers fans have launched a bid to get for Ibrox striker Andy Gray recognised by the Scottish Football Hall of Fame – and he could be on the ballot once things resume post-Covid.
There were no inductions last year due to the Cov pandemic but NARSA president Gary Gillan has taken steps to get Gray’s name added after joing forces with ORSA, Heart and Hand’s David Edgar and Stevie Clifford from Four Lads Had a Dream.
Gray burst to prominence with Dundee United before incredible success at Aston Villa and Everton followed – with the Scotland striker making the move to Ibrox in 1988.
Gillan is hopeful that Gray, who now works as a pundit in the Middle East, will get the recognition he deserves after lobbying the Scottish FA to have the legendary forward’s name added to future nominations.
“I called Andy and said I would like to spearhead a nomination process on his behalf, if he didn’t mind, to get him into the Hall of Fame,” Gillan said [Glasgow Times].
“I contacted David Edgar from Heart and Hand, Steven Clifford from Four Lads and our colleagues at ORSA and said we would have a collaborative approach to lobby the SFA and have Andy on the list.
“They all said yes and we started the process. Anyone can be nominated by anyone, you just have to put it in an email and explain why and they take it from there.
“We prepared a career highlights for Andy, detailed what made him an ideal candidate for the Hall of Fame and submitted it earlier this year. The SFA confirmed receipt but they didn’t have details on the structure of the nominations process this year.
“The last we heard from them was May 25 when we got an email saying our nomination had been received and added to the list.
“With the ongoing pandemic, they said it was unlikely that an induction ceremony will be held this year but that our nomination would be submitted as and when they resumed normal operations.
“When you stand his career up against others in the Hall of Fame, a lot of them pale in comparison. We will continue to put forward a strong case for Andy and hopefully he will get the place in the Hall of Fame that we believe he deserves.”