You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

One that got away? In January 1958 the "Evening Times" serialised the autobiography of George Young, the Rangers stalwart defender. In it, he recalled that in 1941 as an amateur with Junior club Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, he was approached by Thistle and offered £15 (around £760 today) as a signing-on fee. Believing himself to be worth more, he considered £20 would have clinched the deal - but no extra fiver was forthcoming from Thistle. He went on to play almost 300 games for Rangers and won 54 Scotland and 22 Scottish League caps. Ironically, before he signed for Rangers, he unwittingly signed a Junior "A" Pro form on the advice of one of Rob Roy's officials that immediately deprived him of any signing-on fee.

Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 07-Sep-2020.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 02-Jun-2020.

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