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John Greig
Statue of John Greig at Ibrox Stadium, part of the memorial to the Ibrox Disaster in 1971
Personal information
Full name John Greig
Date of birth 11 September 1942 (1942-09-11) (age 67)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Rangers (Director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961-1978 Rangers 498 (87)
National team
1964-1971 Scotland 044 0(3)
Teams managed
1978-1983 Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Greig MBE (born 11 September 1942 in Edinburgh) is a former Scottish professional football player who, despite his boyhood allegiance to hometown team Heart of Midlothian, spent his entire career in Glasgow with Rangers as a player and later a manager.

Greig was voted "The Greatest Ever Ranger" in 1999 by the Rangers supporters[1] and has been elected to Rangers' Hall of Fame.


Playing career


Club career

A determined, forceful player, Greig made 755 official appearances for Rangers (498 league appearances, 72 Scottish Cup matches, a club record 121 League Cup games and 64 in European Cup). He scored 120 goals for the club and won three domestic trebles.

Greig was captain when Rangers won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 beating Dynamo Moscow 3-2 in Barcelona. Although Greig's was an enormously successful playing career, his captaincy coincided with a period of sustained success for Rangers' city rivals, Celtic, from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s. Greig's fortitude during that period further cemented his reputation as one of Rangers' most celebrated captains.

International career

He played for Scotland on 44 occasions, 15 as captain, between 1964 and 1971. Perhaps his finest moment in Dark Blue was his late winner in Scotland's 1-0 victory against Italy at Hampden Park on 9 November 1965.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 May 1965 Helsinki, Finland  Finland 2-1 2-1 FIFA World Cup 1966 qualifying
2. 09 Nov 1965 Glasgow, Scotland  Italy 1-0 1-0 FIFA World Cup 1966 qualifying
1. 24 Nov 1965 Glasgow, Scotland  Wales 4-1 4-1 British Home Championship

Managerial career

Greig's playing career ended in 1978 when he was appointed manager of Rangers, replacing Jock Wallace. His time as Rangers' manager was not successful. The club failed to win the league championship during Greig's time as manager, finishing no higher than the second place achieved in his first season. There were sporadic successes. In his first season, Rangers performed creditably to reach the quarter-final of the European Cup, defeating Italian champions Juventus and becoming the first club to win in European club competition at PSV's Philips Stadion, before eventual elimination to Cologne. There was also the partial compensation of success in domestic cup competitions, with two Scottish Cups and two League Cups secured over the course of Greig's five full seasons as manager. Greig was also responsible for signing Rangers' greatest ever goalscorer Ally McCoist from Sunderland. However, these were isolated achievements, and Greig - under intense pressure from the Scottish media, Rangers supporters and the club's directors - resigned in October 1983, replaced by the returning Wallace.

Post football career

After leaving Rangers, Greig worked as a pundit for Radio Scotland and BBC television. He was re-employed by Rangers from 1990 as part of the club's public relations team. Dick Advocaat, manager of Rangers from 1998-2001, re-involved Greig in football coaching, and he continues to contribute to youth development. In 2003, he joined the Rangers board of directors.[2]

Personal life

He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 15 November 1977. In June 2008, he was awarded honoris causa, from Glasgow University along with Celtic legend Billy McNeil. This enables Grieg to use the title of Doctor, although he is unlikely to do so.





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