A HISTORIC Rangers jersey is set to headline an auction of rare sporting memorabilia next month, with an estimated price of £15,000.
The match worn jersey is from Rangers‘ historic 1972 European Cup Winners Cup triumph over Dynamo Moscow.
The shirt, which was worn by midfielder Alfie Conn, is the first jersey from that match to come to auction, making it one of the most unique pieces of Rangers memorabilia to ever go under the hammer.
The item will appear in the More than a Game: Sporting Medals & Shirts Auction at auction house McTear’s in Glasgow on October 14th.
Interest in the lot is building amongst football and sporting fans across the globe, with experts at McTear’s estimating the shirt could fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.
Commenting on the auction, McTear’s sporting specialist, James Bruce, said: “The Barca Bears have forged legendary status at Ibrox, with anything associated with their European run, and particularly the final itself, always attracting significant interest.
“A jersey from the Moscow game is a rare thing indeed, with this remarkable lot representing one of the most important pieces of Rangers memorabilia to ever come to auction.”
The Rangers victory against Moscow on 24th May 1972, was a historic moment in the club’s history.
Following wins against Rennes, Sporting Club, Torino and Bayern Munich, Rangers secured the trophy with a 3-2 win over the Soviet side in a packed Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona.
Following narrow defeats in the same competition in 1961 and 1967, it was third time lucky for the Ibrox side, with a goal from Colin Stein and two from Willie Johnstone, sealing victory.
Midfielder Alfie Conn, who was at the club between 1968 and 1974, played a pivotal role in the match.
The jersey went from Conn to the Louden Tavern in Glasgow, where it was on display behind the bar for a number of years.
It is now offered from a private collection of Rangers match worn shirts.
Alfie Conn was the first post-World War II player to play for both Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic.
In 2007, Conn was inducted into the Rangers FC Hall of Fame.