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|Full name||Alastair Dawson|
|Date of birth||25 February 1958|
|Place of birth||Johnstone, Scotland|
|Playing position||Defender (Retired)|
|2002||Stranraer FC Assistant|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dawson was signed as a sixteen year old in 1975 by manager Jock Wallace and made his debut in a pre-season tour in Canada. He was a full back who could play on either side of the pitch, and soon became the club captain.
He never went on to fulfill his potential, partly because of a serious injury sustained during another club tour of Canada, when he fractured his skull. He recovered, and became a centre back. He made a total of 316 appearances for Rangers, scoring 8 goals. He received two Scottish Cup winner's medals, in 1979 and 1981, and four League Cup winner's medals – in 1979, 1984, 1985 and 1987. He was capped 5 times for Scotland, all while at Rangers.
After 12 years at the club, Dawson left Rangers for Blackburn Rovers in 1987 for £25,000. He signed for Limerick F.C. in 1990 and returned to Scotland later that season with Airdrie, before becoming Player/Manager of Maltese league club Luxol St. Andrews. He went on to manage Hamilton Accies for a three year spell between 1999 and 2003 where he won the Scottish Third Division title.
In 2011, Ally Dawson was inducted into Rangers FC's Hall of Fame.