Ally McCoist is a name that will forever live on in the history of Rangers as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, goalscorers the club has ever seen – and on this day in 1984, Super took a massive step towards that legendary status with a League Cup final hat-trick to dump Celtic 3-2.

McCoist had only moved to Ibrox the previous summer from Sunderland and the man who would become the club’s record goalscorer wrote his name into the history books with the last Old Firm hat-trick scored by a Rangers player to date.

 

The Gers had raced into a 2-0 lead with 30 minutes remaining before goals from Brian McClair and Mark Reid brought Davie Hay’s side level and sent the game into extra-time at Hampden.

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McCoist’s first goal came from the penalty spot before he got onto a header from Sandy Clark and poked the ball beyond Pat Bonner in the Celtic goal.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 25: Glasgow Rangers players celebrate with the trophy after the Scottish League Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic at Hampden Park on March 25, 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland. Rangers won 3-2 (aet). Back row (left-right): Dave McPherson, (hidden), Hugh Burns, (unknown), Craig Paterson, Jimmy Nicholl and (unknown). Front row: (unknown), (hidden), Ally McCoist, John McClelland, Peter McCloy and Colin McAdam.

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With the game poised at 2-2, it was McCoist who stepped up to seal the win for Jock Wallace’s Rangers when the referee pointed to the spot for a second time but Bonner saved the penalty before Super fired home the rebound.

It would be the first of many trophies McCoist would go on to lift as a Rangers player and is a game that still lives fondly in the memory of many Bluenoses.

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