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Andy Goram: Scotland and Rangers goalkeeping great dies aged 58

Goram went to four major finals with Scotland and won 43 international caps

Former Scotland and Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram has died of cancer at the age of 58.

Goram was capped 43 times for his country at football and four times at cricket – the only Scot to have played at the top level at both sports.

He helped Rangers win five Scottish Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.

Goram was also on loan to Manchester United during the run-in as they won the Premier League title in 2000-01.

He was most recently goalkeeping coach with West of Scotland Football League club Cambuslang Rangers.

Born in Bury of a Scottish father, Goram signed for Oldham Athletic, then in England’s Second Division, after his release from West Bromwich Albion’s youth set-up and went on to make 195 appearances.

Sir Alex Ferguson had already handed him his Scotland debut by the time he moved to Hibernian in 1987 and he would captain the Edinburgh side for many of his 138 appearances before being sold to Rangers for £1m four years later.

The high point of Goram’s stay at Ibrox came in season 1992-93, when the Glasgow side narrowly missed out on reaching the Champions League final but won a fifth consecutive league title as they completed a domestic treble and he received the Scottish Football Writers and SPFA player of the year awards.

Internationally, he was part of the Scotland squad that played at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and Euro 92 and 96, but he walked out on the squad before the 1998 finals because of head coach Craig Brown’s preference at the time for long-time rival Jim Leighton.

Andy Goram playing cricket for Scotland in 1991
Goram represented Scotland at cricket as well as football

After brief spells at Notts County and Sheffield United, Goram signed for Motherwell in January 1999, helping them finish fourth in the Scottish top flight the following year.

He played twice on loan at Manchester United in their title run-in before a spell with Coventry City and a return to Scotland with Queen of the South, helping the Dumfries side lift the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2002.

After retiring at the end of the 2003-04 campaign following a season-long spell at Elgin City, he turned to coaching, with Motherwell, Clyde, Hamilton Academical, BSC Glasgow, Dunfermline Athletic and Airdrieonians among the clubs whose goalkeepers he assisted.

As a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler, Goram played for a series of local league clubs in England and Scotland before Rangers manager Walter Smith effectively ended his cricket career when he ordered him to concentrate on football.

Source: BBC

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