Stuart McCall: This ex-Rangers team-mate needed calming down before Old Firm games
By James Black
Former Rangers star Stuart McCall has revealed John ‘Bomber’ Brown used to get so worked up before Old Firm clashes his team-mates would need to calm him down hours before kick-off.
Brown, 55, spent nine years on the books at Ibrox and endured countless clashes with Celtic as he helped the Light Blues maintain one of their most succesful periods in history.
However now, McCall has spoken about how uptight the ex-defender used to get ahead of the big Glasgow showdowns with the Bhoys.
“We had to calm Bomber down.” McCall told Yorkshire TV in a video interview posted to Twitter.
“If it was a 3pm kick-off and he was ready at 1 with his boots on and everything.
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“We had an experienced side we had a lot of good professionals
“I think the key was not to let your head run away with the atmosphere and be crazy making silly tackles.”
⚽️????️"We had to calm Bomber down…for a 3 o'clock kick off he had his boots on & everything at 1"
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) September 22, 2017
McCall spent seven season’s at Ibrox between 1991 and 1998 winning six Scottish titles, three Scottish Cups and a pair of Scottish League Cups as Walter Smith’s side swept everyone aside in a near-decade-long spell of absolute dominance.
After leaving Ibrox to return to hometown club Bradford City, McCall re-joined the Gers as interim manager on 2015 after Ally McCoist’s resignation.
Now in his fourth spell at Bradford – twice as a player and twice as manager – McCall believes that having a man sent off after six minutes in an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final in 1991 was the making of his all-conquering Rangers side, telling Yorkshire TV: “Archie (Knox) told David Robertson to hit (Joe Miller) early – he didn’t mean to scythe him down by his waist – and we were down to 10 men after six minutes of a Scottish Cup semi-final.
“It was Walters’ first season and we managed to win, I remember putting Coisty through and he scored a great goal.
“We managed to win that night and, for me, that was the night Walter’s side was born.”
McCall played 265 times in a glittering Ibrox career, playing a huge role as Smith’s side won nine consecutive league titles.
In other Rangers news, the BBC has reported that this senior duo is in line to return against the Hoops.