Ex-Rangers defender details how far he went to play in Old Firm against Celtic
Former Rangers defender Gregory Vignal has revealed he had a broken arm when he scored a 30-yard strike against Celtic in 2005 – and admitted he told manager Alex McLeish he had to play against the Gers’ biggest rivals.
The Frenchman scored in a 2-0 win at Celtic Park as the Gers headed to a league and cup double in his only season with the Light Blues.
The former Liverpool left-back has recently returned to the Gers as a youth coach and revealed the win at the home of the Ibrox giants’ fiercest rivals was an “emotional day.”
“I was so focused on the game, the pressure and intensity.
“I was just so happy I knew the manager wanted the win. I was close to Alex McLeish and also played with a broken arm
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“People told me not to play the game as I had a broken arm but I said to the boss, ‘I have to play, we have to win’.
“It was such an emotional day.
“Playing for a big club brings a big pressure – the people are always expecting a lot.”
Vignal now takes the club’s Under-13 and Under-15 sides alongside former Gers midfielder Kevin Thomson as he takes the first steps in his coaching career.
The 36-year-old also had a brief stint playing with Dundee United but left Tannadice before ever playing a game for the Arabs.
Football Insider verdict:
Vignal’s goal remains a fond memory for many Rangers fans as the Gers ended a long run without a win against the Hoops. The Frenchman was a solid enough player for the Light Blues but only had a fairly brief stay. Bringing young coaches in with his experience as a player can only help the youngsters in the Gers’ Academy as the likes of Kevin Thomson, Andy Little and Peter Lovenkrands also pass on their experience to the current crop of Auchenhowie youngsters. After speaking about his 2005 goal in the 2-0 win over Celtic, most Rangers fans would settle for a similar result on Sunday.