2022 – Andy Guram: The Scottish and Rangers goalkeeper dies at the age of 58

Guram reached four major finals with Scotland and won 43 international matches

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

Guram has capped 43 times for his country in football and four times in cricket – the only Scotsman to have played at the top level in both sports.

He helped Rangers win five Scottish Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups and the League Cup twice.

Guram was also on loan to Manchester United during the tour where they won the Premier League title in 2000/01.

Most recently he was a goalkeeper coach at Campslang Rangers Football Club in western Scotland.

Born in Bury to a Scottish father, Guram signed with Oldham Athletic and then English Second Division, after being laid off from West Bromwich Albion’s youth team and playing 195 games.

Sir Alex Ferguson had already made his Scotland debut when he joined Hibernian in 1987 and led Edinburgh to several of his 138 appearances before being sold to Rangers for £1m four years later.

The climax of Guram’s stint at Ibrox came in the 1992/93 season when Glasgow mistook the Champions League final but won their fifth consecutive league title by completing a domestic treble, and he was the Scottish football writer and SPFA named Player of the Year. Year Awards.

Internationally, he was part of the Scotland squad that played in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and Euro 92 and 96, but left the team before the 1998 finals because coach Craig Brown favored long-time rival Jim Leighton.

Like Guram Scotland in both cricket and football

After brief spells at Notts County and Sheffield United, Guram signed with Motherwell in January 1999 and helped them finish fourth in Scotland’s First Division the following year.

He played twice on loan at Manchester United in their title before joining Coventry City and returning to Scotland with the Queen of the South, where he helped Dumfries’ side win the 2002 Scottish Challenge Cup.

Retiring at the end of the 2003/04 season after a season at Elgin City, he turned to coaching, with Motherwell, Clyde, Hamilton Academy, Glasgow, Dunfermline Athletic and Airdriunans among the clubs he assisted goalkeepers.

Guram, a left-handed batsman and a mid-speed and right-arm bowler, played for a number of domestic league clubs in England and Scotland before Rangers coach Walter Smith ended his cricket career when he ordered him to focus on football.