Book Contributions

Ten days that Shook Rangers


This unique book looks at ten of the most shocking days in the history of a great Scottish institution. The ten authors, a mixture of fans, academics and journalists, examine these events without fear or favour. and often arrive at surprising conclusions.

The subjects covered include the boardroom coup of 1947 that changed the character of Rangers forever, the astonishing lifetime ban on Willie Woodburn, the year Rangers should have won the European Cup, the brutal sacking of manager Scot Symon, a Rangers legend, what really caused the Ibrox disaster of 1971, the infamous 1980 Scottish Cup final when Old Firm fans fought a massed battle on the Hampden pitch, the seismic excitement caused by the arrival of Graeme Souness, the historic signing of Mo Johnston, how Rangers capitulated to an anti-Rangers (and anti-Protestant) media in the Donald Findlay affair and the fallout from Dick Advocaat’s costly regime and the impact made by his successor, Alex McLeish.

Colin Armstrong explores the most sensational signing in the Rangers’ history bar none – the signing of Maurice Johnston. Picking his way through the confusing chronology of Johnston’s arrival, Armstrong notes the impact it had on some very entrenched ideals down the Copland Rd – and perhaps more interestingly, the effect it had at Parkhead.

Armstrong claims that despite resistance of some Rangers fans to Johnston’s signing, it was in fact the Celtic supporters who were most put out by a Catholic opting to ply his trade at Ibrox.

Follow We Will: The Fall and Rise of Rangers


The saga of Rangers is a tragic one. It is the story of the fall of one of Scotland’s most prestigious football clubs. A tale of hate and accusations. One which blurred truth with speculation and turned a trial into a witch-hunt.

Yet it is also a tale of loyalty in the face of unprecedented adversity. In Follow We Will: The Fall and Rise of Rangers we hear the story of the fans. Within these essays and interviews is the uplifting tale of how they rallied to protect the club they loved and how now, against all odds, they are helping to put it back together.

Follow We Will is an informative, emotional reminder that we are indeed a football nation.

In his chapter in the book, Armstrong speaks to Lee Wallace about what it was like to sign for the then Champions of Scotland, only to find himself in the third tier of Scottish football within a year.

All royalties arising from sales of this book will be donated to the Rangers Charity Foundation

Born Under a Union Flag: Rangers, Britain and Scottish Independence


A book about the relationship of a football club to a political decision? On one level this is madness. But in Scotland it makes perfect sense.

What do Rangers mean to Scotland and what does Scotland mean to Rangers?
What do Rangers mean to Britain and what does Britain mean to Rangers?
How does the club and the game interact with the world around it?

Questioning how British and Scottish identities fit into supporting Rangers, Born Under the Union Flag provides the first solid exploration of the relationship between sport and national identity.

In the book, Armstrong presents the reason why he went from a traditional pro-unionist, Royalist and supporter of a United Kingdom, to someone who felt he had no option but to vote yes in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

A must-read for anyone interested in Rangers, the history of Scottish football, or the independence debate.