Lee McCulloch reveals emotional reaction to huge Rangers moment
Former Rangers player Lee McCulloch has admitted he was crying “like a big baby” after being appointed captain in 2012.
McCulloch inherited the armband in 2012 after Carlos Bocanegra left the club to join Racing Santander in Spain.
As one of the club’s senior players following their financial meltdown in 2012, McCulloch was one of the few who remained with the Glasgow side after their demotion to the Third Division.
The former Wigan and Motherwell star revealed then-manager Ally McCoist broke the news to him before having an emotional moment to himself.
“Kenny McDowall came in to the dressing room and said the gaffer wanted a word with me,” McCulloch told Si Ferry, in Open Goal’s latest video posted on YouTube.
“I went into the office and he sat me down and told me the story of when Walter Smith made him the captain for a game and I’m thinking, ‘where are you going with this?’
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“So he says, ‘I’ve got the privilege of asking if you’d like to be captain of Glasgow Rangers?’
“I was quite emotional but I was trying to keep myself together and keep a brave face so I accepted it, obviously, gave him a cuddle and went out.
“It hit me as soon as I closed the door and I had to run all the way to the toilet.
“I’m sitting in the toilet and I had a couple of tears in my eyes, because I wasn’t expecting it; I was like a big baby crying in the cubicle.
“To say I’ve captained the club through one of the hardest times in its existence, it’s one of the proudest moments of my career.”
During his time at Ibrox, McCulloch made over 300 appearances for the Gers and lifted three Scottish titles, three Scottish League. Cups and two Scottish Cups as well as playing in a European final for the Light Blues.
The former Scotland international joined the Gers from Wigan in 2007 for £2.75m and stayed at Ibrox until 2015 as the club made their way back up through the leagues.
McCulloch helped the club win the Scottish Third Division and League One before leaving to join Kilmarnock when his contract expired in 2015.
Since leaving Ibrox, McCulloch had a stint as manager at Kilmarnock after taking over from Lee Clark – originally on a temporary basis.
In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January