On This Day | 9 April 1988: Morton 3-2 Rangers

On this date 30 years ago, Morton recorded one the most memorable results in the club’s modern history with an unforgettable 3-2 win over Rangers at Cappielow.

A Ton side destined for the drop shocked Scottish football by beating a Gers outfit bossed by Graeme Souness and boasting Chris Woods, Ally McCoist, Iain Durrant, the late Ray Wilkins, and Mark Walters in Greenock.

Derek Collins, Tommy Turner, and Rowan Alexander scored the goals in what was one of only three victories in the Premier Division that term, as well as being the club’s first home win over Rangers in close to 70 years.

Current Cappielow goalkeeping coach David Wylie was part of the Ton team that afternoon and recalled the match with media and comminications officer Jonathan Mitchell.

He said: “My memories of that game back in 1988 are Derek Collins’ goal and us getting pounded by Rangers for the last 15 minutes. It was wave after wave after wave.

“They were big favourites. I don’t know what happened with them that day but we played out of our skins. Every one of us came off that park absolutely shattered.

“What was the secret to that win? Everybody worked for each other. There was a lot of covering for each other and a lot of communication. It was brilliant.”

Morton line-up: 1. David Wylie, 2. Alex O’Hara, 3. Jim Rogers, 4. Jim Hunter, 5. Martin Doak, 6. John McMaster, 7. Tommy Turner, 8. Derek Collins, 9. Rowan Alexander, 10. Alan Bateman, 11. Archie McGeachy.

Subs Used: 12. Jim Arthur, 14. Brian Robinson.

Rangers line-up: 1. Chris Woods, 2. Scott Nisbet, 3. Jan Bartram, 4. Graham Roberts, 5. Ray Wilkins, 6. John Brown, 7. Ian Ferguson, 8. James Phillips, 9. Ally McCoist, 10. Iain Durrant, 11. Mark Walters.

Subs Used: 12. John McGregor, 14. Ian McCall.


Image (inset): Jonathan Mitchell