Some time ago we were asked if Celtic's Charlie
Tully had ever played for Rangers. We replied that according
to Celtic's official website that he had but that he had never played
for Rangers in a first-class game. We still believe that to be the
case. But a possible explanation for this, on the surface, highly
unusual 'transfer' has been sent in by Trevor Larkin who
" He may be referring to the occasion of Caledonian FC's
floodlighting inauguration, when a Rangers/Celtic Select played
at Telford Street Park, Inverness, on March 11th 1959.
SFA regulations of the time required all competing players to be
signed to a single member club, so the five Celts selected for the
occasion signed for Rangers and re-joined Celtic the following day.
(One may ponder 'what if...'had Rangers refused to cancel the contracts
thereafter!) Officially speaking, it was a Caley-Rangers friendly,
albeit with a radically altered visitors lineup!
The Rangers/Celtic XI, who played in a Rangers strip of white shirts
with blue/red hoops and white shorts, was as follows: Beattie
(Celtic); King (Rangers), Kennedy (Celtic); Crerand (Celtic), Paterson,
Millar (both Rangers); Tully (Celtic), Baird (Rangers), Conway (Celtic),
Queen, Hubbard (both Rangers).
Scot Symon managed the side, which beat
Caley 4-2 (scorers Sammy Baird 3, Jim Conway; Caley scorers Rodwill
Clyne and Jimmy Ingram) in front of an estimated 6,000 spectators.
Hopefully the above information may be of some use."
Which it most certainly is. Our thanks to Trevor
for this info.
Q Graeme Allen asks: "Who
were the captains at the recent Scotland V Republic of Ireland match?"
A The Irish captain was Matt
Holland. Scotland actually had THREE, which I'm sure
will be a pub quiz staple for years to come and about the only thing
of note - from a Scottish viewpoint - of the entire game. Scotland
started off with Paul Lambert as skipper. He was subbed at
half-time so Barry Ferguson led the team out for the second
half. When Ferguson himself was replaced midway through the second
half, the captain's armband was passed to Christian Dailly.
Q From B McSkinner:
"How many Rangers players,past or present,have a surname
ending with the letter o? I'm told there are eleven."
A As far as I can tell your
informants are correct. In recent years there have been a flurry
of players at Ibrox with surnames ending with this vowel. Amato,
Amoruso, Gattuso, Mikhailichenko and Salenko for example.
There was also Riccio who made just one substitute appearance
Iain and Stuart Munro can be added in as well as Mark
Falco from comparatively recent times. Going further back -
to 1914 in fact - and there's Tommy Kelso. Completing the
eleven is the most expensive Ranger of all time - Tore Andre
Flo. Unfortunately none of them was a goalkeeper so we can't
field them in formation
And before anyone asks, no we're not counting Eric Caldo-w!