Jimmy Nicholl: This is what has changed about Rangers since spell as a player
Newly-appointed Rangers assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl has opened up on what has changed for the Ibrox giants since he as a player for the Gers in the 1980s.
The Northern Irishman recently returned to Ibrox as Graeme Murty’s assistant and appears to have quickly bonded well with his new colleagues.
The 61-year-old has seen most things in a career that has taken him across the planet as a player and coach and has been brought back to Ibrox to help Graeme Murty for the rest of the season.
Nicholl enjoyed two spells at Ibrox as a player at a time in the Gers’ history when Ibrox was far from a sell-out every other week and fans were less than appreciative of the players’ efforts.
“You can see how things have turned around,” Nicholl said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“I remember games with 12,000 at Ibrox, and big John McClelland saying to me that I couldn’t go out the front door because they were waiting for us outside.
“Now players should appreciate where they are at this moment in time. There are 50,000 inside Ibrox every second week, 5,000 or more away from home.
Nicholl played for the Gers for a single season in 1983-84 before heading south to join West Brom.
A chance encounter with Graeme Souness on a flight back from the 1986 World Cup led to the Northern Irishman returning to Ibrox before taking his first steps in coaching with Rangers’ reserve side.
Nicholl famously lifted the Scottish League Cup in 1994 as manager of Raith Rovers when the minnows defeated Celtic on penalties at Ibrox.
After leading the Fife minnows into the UEFA Cup, Nicholl was at the helm as they led German giants Bayern Munich 1-0 at half-time in the Olmypic Stadium in Munich.
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