Gary Bol­lan has fond mem­o­ries of play­ing for Rangers even though he didn’t achieve what he wanted

The Herald on Sunday - - FOOTBALL -

Bol­lan has en­joyed work­ing with Cow­den­beath chair­man Don­ald Find­lay QC, the for­mer Rangers vice-chair­man who he knew from his spell at Ibrox, and is op­ti­mistic bet­ter times lie ahead.

“All he wants is for his club to win foot­ball matches,” he said. “It is great to see him with a smile on his face and en­joy­ing his glass of red wine on a Satur­day night.”

The Scot­tish Cup gave Bol­lan one of the best days of his life, never mind foot­ball ca­reer, in 1994. He was an un­used sub­sti­tute on the day Dundee United de­feated Rangers, who were bid­ding to be­come the first club to win a dou­ble tre­ble, 1-0 in the fi­nal. But just to be in­volved in the his­toric oc­ca­sion was sweet for the boy­hood sup­porter of the Tan­nadice club.

“I didn’t get on the pitch,” he said. “There were only 13 stripped play­ers. But I had been a Dundee United sup­porter as a child. I was for­ever go­ing home f rom Ham­p­den with tears run­ning down my cheeks be­cause they had lost cup fi­nals. So to be part of the squad when the club won the cup for the first time was in­cred­i­ble.”

There is lit­tle prospect of Cow­den­beath pro­duc­ing a shock re­sult against Rangers in t he s ame com­pe­ti­tion this week, but Bol­lan will savour try­ing to get one over on his for­mer club all the same.

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