Statue of John Greig at Ibrox Stadium, part of the memorial to the Ibrox Disaster in 1971
|Full name||John Greig|
|Date of birth||11 September 1942|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|1963–1970||Scottish League XI||13||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
John Greig MBE (born 11 September 1942 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football player who spent his entire career with Rangers as a player, manager and director. Greig was voted "The Greatest Ever Ranger" in 1999 by the club's supporters and has been elected to Rangers' Hall of Fame.
A determined, forceful player, recognised for his great leadership qualities, Greig made 755 official appearances for Rangers (498 league appearances, 72 Scottish Cup matches, a club record 121 League Cup games and 64 in European Cup). He scored 120 goals for the club and won three domestic trebles. Greig actually started his career with Rangers as a forward, prior to being moved back to midfield – playing initially alongside another Rangers legend in Jim Baxter – and finally to left back. It was therefore in those initial years that he scored the majority of his goals for the club.
Greig was captain when Rangers won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 beating Dynamo Moscow 3–2 in Barcelona. Although Greig's was an enormously successful playing career, his captaincy coincided with a period of sustained success for Rangers' city rivals, Celtic, from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s. Greig's fortitude during that period further cemented his reputation as one of Rangers' most celebrated captains.
Greig played for Scotland on 44 occasions, 15 as captain, between 1964 and 1971. He scored the late winner in Scotland's 1–0 victory against Italy at Hampden Park on 9 November 1965 and in 1967 achieved the distinction of captaining the Scottish side who beat England 3-2 - their first defeat as World Champions - at Wembley. Greig also represented the Scottish League XI 13 times.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
|1.||27 May 1965||Helsinki, Finland||Finland||2–1||2–1||1966 World Cup qualification|
|2.||9 November 1965||Glasgow, Scotland||Italy||1–0||1–0||1966 World Cup qualification|
|1.||24 November 1965||Glasgow, Scotland||Wales||4–1||4–1||British Home Championship|
Greig's playing career ended in 1978 when he was appointed manager of Rangers, replacing Jock Wallace. His time as Rangers' manager was reasonably successful, but not enough for Scotland's most successful club. The club failed to win the league championship during Greig's time as manager, finishing no higher than the second place achieved in his first season. However, Greigs team in his first season came close to winning a domestic treble and his European performance was admirable. In his first season, Rangers performed creditably to reach the quarter-final of the European Cup, defeating Italian champions Juventus and becoming the first club to win in European club competition at PSV's Philips Stadion, before eventual elimination to Cologne. There was also the partial compensation of success in domestic cup competitions, with two Scottish Cups and two League Cups secured over the course of Greig's five full seasons as manager. Greig was also responsible for signing Rangers' greatest ever goalscorer Ally McCoist from Sunderland. However, these were isolated achievements, and Greig – under intense pressure from the Scottish media, Rangers supporters and the club's directors – resigned in October 1983, replaced by the returning Wallace.
Post football career
After leaving Rangers, Greig worked as a pundit for Radio Scotland and BBC television. He was re-employed by Rangers from 1990 as part of the club's public relations team. Dick Advocaat, manager of Rangers from 1998–2001, re-involved Greig in football coaching, and contributed to youth development. In 2003, he joined the Rangers board of directors. Greig resigned this position in October 2011, soon after the takeover of the club by Craig Whyte. Greig and John McClelland, who resigned at the same time as Greig, stated that they had been excluded from the corporate governance of the club since Whyte had taken control. Greig rejoined Rangers on May 23, 2015 when he was named the clubs honorary life president a role which is a ambassadorial position.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1971-72
- Scottish League First Division/Premier Division (5): 1962–63, 1963–64, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78
- Scottish Cup (6): 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78
- Scottish League Cup (5): 1963–64, 1964–65, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1977–78
- SFWA Footballer of the Year: 1965-66, 1975-76
- Scottish Football Hall of Fame (inaugural inductee)
- Scottish Sports Hall of Fame (inaugural inductee)
- "John Greig". STV Sport. STV. 1 April 2010.
- "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Greig joins Rangers board". BBC Sport. 26 December 2003.
- "Rangers directors John Greig and John McClelland step down". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- Rangers appoint John Greig as honorary life president
- John Greig at scottishfa.co.uk
- Manager profile - John Greig Rangers.co.uk
- Hall of Fame - John Greig Rangers.co.uk