'It's great' - Thomas Buffel recalls historic Rangers title win
Former Rangers star Thomas Buffel has revealed that he thinks it is “great” to still be linked with Helicopter Sunday when he returns to Scotland.
The Belgian played a big part for Alex McLeish’s side as they secured the Scottish title on the final day of the 2004/05 season when Celtic’s surprise defeat at Motherwell famously led to the helicopter delivering the trophy to Fir Park to change direction.
Buffel spent three years with the Gers after moving to the Ibrox giants in 2005 – lifting a Scottish League Cup as well as the title in his first season.
Celtic held a two-point lead going into the final game of the season but two late goals from Scott McDonald – coupled with the Gers draw with Hibs at Easter Road – secured an unlikely title for Alex McLeish’s side.
The Belgian thinks it’s “great” to be linked with such a famous win which holds a big place in recent Scottish football history.
“When I return to Rangers, I think it’s great that I am associated with Helicopter Sunday,” Buffel said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“That is the day we took the title in the last minutes and the helicopter with the trophy – which was on its way to Celtic – had to change direction.”
Buffel left Rangers in 2008 after making 85 appearances and scoring 16 times for the Light Blues.
Despite being popular with fans, the midfielder had a number of injury problems which hampered his time at Ibrox.
The Belgian went on to play for Cercle Brugge and Genk in his homeland after leaving Glasgow.
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