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Season preview 1927/28 – Glasgow Rangers F.C. (The Athletic News)


August 1, 1927
The Scottish League champions confidently look forward. The playing staff numbers 25, only three being newcomers. All are half-backs – J. Simpson, J. Docherty, and T. Lockie. Simpson comes to Ibrox from Dundee United. He is 19, and is a player of distinct promise in the centre half position. In style he is not unlike Jack Hill, of Burnley. Docherty, a right half, comes from Cambuslang Rangers. Both in destructive and constructive work he shows ability above the average. Lockie, from the Border junior club Duns, is a centre half, big and strongly built.

Three familiar figures will be absent from the team – Robert Manderson, Thomas Cairns, and Arthur Dixon. Manderson and Cairns have been transferred to Bradford and Bradford City respectively, but Arthur Dixon is still without a club. All three gave sterling service to the Rangers, and their absence will be regretted by their many admirers.

There is no reason to doubt that the Rangers will be as big a force in Scottish football as in the past. With their big list of stars’ the Ibrox club and its supporters are hopeful that next season will witness a Scottish Cup triumph – a triumph which has evaded the club for over twenty years. League honours are familiar to Rangers, but the Cup is a total stranger.

To those who have not visited Ibrox Park since April a big change in the ground will be apparent. The old pavilion has been demolished and a palatial new one erected. The dressing-rooms embrace all the latest equipment for training, and the directors’ accommodation is magnificently finished. Next summer the grandstand extension will be proceeded with, the embankment enlarged, and in season 1928-29 Ibrox Park should comfortably house 120,000 spectators.

Thomas Hamilton,
Renfrew,
Goalkeeper,
6ft. 0in., 12st. 6lb.;

William Moyles,
Glasgow,
Goalkeeper,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 5lb.;

Douglas Gray,
Aberdeen,
Right back,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 4lb.;

David Weir,
Shotts,
Right back,
5ft. 10½in., 12st. 4lb.;

James Hamilton,
Bargeddie,
Left back,
5ft. 8½in., 12st.;

Robert Hamilton,
Newry,
Left back,
5ft. 11½in., 12st.;

William McCandless,
Belfast,
Left back,
5ft. 6½in., 11st. 10lb.;

David Meiklejohn,
Glasgow,
Right half-back,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 7lb.;

James Docherty,
Rutherglen,
Right half-back,
5ft. 8in., 11st.;

James Simpson,
Fife,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 10½in., 12st.;

Robert Ireland,
Darvel,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 10in., 11st. 6lb.;

Thomas Lockie,
Duns,
Centre half-back,
6ft. 0in., 12st.;

Thomas Muirhead,
Cowdenbeath,
Left half-back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 5lb.;

Thomas Craig,
Laurieston,
Left half-back,
5ft. 8in., 11st.;

Hugh Shaw,
Clydebank,
Left half-back,
5ft. 11½in., 12st. 9lb.;

James Osborne,
Greenock,
Half-back,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 8lb.;

Alexander Archibald,
Crossgates,
Outside right,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 12st.;

William Hair,
Edinburgh,
Outside right,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Andrew Cunningham,
Galston,
Inside right,
5ft. 11in., 12st. 6lb.;

George McMillan,
Armadale,
Inside right,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 7lb.;

James Fleming,
Glasgow,
Centre forward,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 10lb.;

James Marshall,
Avonbridge,
Centre forward,
5ft. 8in., 10st. 9lb.;

Robert McPhail,
Barrhead,
Inside left,
5ft. 11in., 11st.;

William Chalmers,
Glasgow,
Inside left,
5ft. 9in., 11st.;

Allan Morton,
Partick,
Outside left,
5ft. 6½in., 10st. 4lb.
(The Athletic News, 01-08-1927)

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