The term legend can often be overplayed in football. But in Richard Gough, it’s a word which often struggles to do the hardy centre back justice. He was captain during nine-in-a-row.
And he’s passed his worldly Ibrox wisdom onto Rangers current on pitch commander James Tavernier. He believes both their captaincy styles are similar.
“I said don’t change the way you play James. You are a bit like me in that you lead by example,” he explained to Rangers podcast Heart and Hand.
“You don’t need to go and grab people by the throat and kiss the badge. From what I have seen you have been a great player for Rangers over the three years you have been here.”
Sound advice from an ambassador and legend
Richard Gough is one of only three players to hold a winner’s medal from every championship in nine in a row? Can you name the others? Ally McCoist and Ian Ferguson.
The captain and former Scotland centre back was a defensive stalwart for the club for a decade. He’s now a global ambassador for the Rangers brand.
Gough is the perfect role model for Tavernier. And he’s reminded him just how lucky he is to be captaining the club in a conversation this season.
“I had a word with James Tavernier this season. I said to him that I was very lucky in that I played for Scotland but for me the biggest honour was captaining Rangers. it is a huge honour. It’s an institution so you have to deal with it properly.”
Gough sees himself in Tavernier
Richard Gough is also a big fan of James Tavernier the player. The defender said: “He’s a trier. He’s up and down and he does his job. As a captain I said I wasn’t a huge bawler and a shouter, I tried to lead by example.
I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. That’s an important thing I think.”