Jimmy Millar

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Jimmy Millar
Personal information
Full name James Millar
Date of birth (1934-11-20) 20 November 1934 (age 82)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1950–1952 Merchiston Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1955 Dunfermline Athletic 43 (22)
1955–1967 Rangers 197 (92)
1967–1969 Dundee United 18 (3)
Total 258 (117)
National team
1963 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Raith Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James "Jimmy" Millar (born 20 November 1934 in Edinburgh) is a retired footballer who played for Dunfermline Athletic, Rangers and Dundee United, mainly as a centre forward.

Millar was signed for £5000 on 12 January 1955 by Rangers from Dunfermline Athletic, where he had played as a half back and also playing in that position on a number of occasions in the early seasons of his career at Ibrox. Millar achieved more success when he played at centre forward in a pre-season tour of America and started scoring goals regularly. Millar was an integral part of the Rangers team of the early 1960s, alongside players such as Bobby Shearer, Eric Caldow, John Greig, Jim Baxter and Alex Scott. Millar had a highly successful strike partnership with Ralph Brand during this time.

Millar's total of 30 goals in the Scottish Cup is a post-war record for Rangers, equalled only by Derek Johnstone, and on two occasions he scored twice in Scottish Cup finals, in 1960 and 1964, another record equalled only by Johnstone. Millar was the first ever substitute to come on for Rangers, replacing Jim Forrest during a 5-0 victory over Falkirk in a league match at Ibrox in October 1966.

Millar was also known for his scoring record against Rangers' arch-rivals Celtic, with 13 goals in Old Firm games, including two winning goals at Celtic Park in the traditional New Year's Day match, in 1960 and 1964 respectively.

In the summer of 1967, Millar left Rangers for Dundee United and became manager of Raith Rovers for a brief spell after retiring, before owning a hostelry in Edinburgh. Millar made 317 appearances (197 league) scoring 162 goals (92 league) and also won 3 Championships, 4 Scottish Cups and 3 Scottish League Cups and also earned 2 caps for Scotland in 1963 during his spell in Glasgow.

Millar is a member of the Rangers Hall of Fame.[1]


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