Wee Doddy

nasalsinatra

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#23
I played against Alex at amateur youth level. He was by far the smallest guy on the pitch but he was yards faster in thought and deed than the rest. He was an inside-left and I couldn't near him and could only watch and wonder at his left foot. The next time I saw him was three years later - at Celtic Park in a 3-3 draw when he tore Celtic to shreds. I was told that after the game Stein asked Willie Ormond, the St Johnstone manager, to name his price for Alex. Willie let Stein down gently by telling him 'He is not for you, Jock. When he leaves here he will go elsewhere in this city!' A few weeks later he was at Ibrox.
 
#24
Thanks for posting the clip AyeReady. I was fortunate to see Alex MacDonald’s playing career with The Rangers. He rarely seemed to score an “ordinary” goal for us. A lot of spectacular and important goals too.

A typical goal from wee Alex was the one where he scored our second goal in a 4-1 Cup win against Aberdeen at Ibrox. Nowhere to be seen in the clip when the ball was being crossed in and then suddenly he was there to glance his header in. In truth he was great at timing his runs into the box.

To describe what Alex MacDonald meant to me as a player is shown in the last minute of the clip. His tackle in the build up to Alfie Conn’s last minute winner against Celtic and his challenge involving McVie and Peter Millar at Fir Park in the build up to Gordon Smith’s goal. Whole hearted does not start to describe Alex MacDonald.

One of the Rangers greats.
 

JMCK

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#25
I've watched a great many clips from his time in matches at Hampden, he is the one that seems to have scored in virtually every game. What was his role within the midfield exactly?
 

William

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#27
When he joined us he was two moves ahead of his teammates playing the ball into space only to find nobody was running into the space, so it took a while before people appreciated what we had here, a winner.
 

Woodrow Call

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#32
I played against Alex at amateur youth level. He was by far the smallest guy on the pitch but he was yards faster in thought and deed than the rest. He was an inside-left and I couldn't near him and could only watch and wonder at his left foot. The next time I saw him was three years later - at Celtic Park in a 3-3 draw when he tore Celtic to shreds. I was told that after the game Stein asked Willie Ormond, the St Johnstone manager, to name his price for Alex. Willie let Stein down gently by telling him 'He is not for you, Jock. When he leaves here he will go elsewhere in this city!' A few weeks later he was at Ibrox.
That's not how Alex tells it in his book. He met Stein outside Queen st station and he asked him if he fancied signing. Alexs regard for Stein was so high that he thought about it. I'll need to have a wee look in my kindle but remember being surprised that he had to think about it.
 

Ronniemca

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#33
Another one for guys who are too quick to hammer new players.Alex had a very average start to his Rangers career.Believe It or not he actually lacked a bit of confidence in the beginning,but once up and running great player and true Ranger
 

MO_TxTruBlu

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#35
I played against Alex at amateur youth level. He was by far the smallest guy on the pitch but he was yards faster in thought and deed than the rest. He was an inside-left and I couldn't near him and could only watch and wonder at his left foot. The next time I saw him was three years later - at Celtic Park in a 3-3 draw when he tore Celtic to shreds. I was told that after the game Stein asked Willie Ormond, the St Johnstone manager, to name his price for Alex. Willie let Stein down gently by telling him 'He is not for you, Jock. When he leaves here he will go elsewhere in this city!' A few weeks later he was at Ibrox.
You don't half come up wi' some stories.
A few weeks before he signed for Rangers, Celtic defeated St Johnstone 2-1 at Celtic Park.
MacDonald's only other appearance against Celtic in 1968 was a 1-6 home defeat back in March.
 
#37
I've watched a great many clips from his time in matches at Hampden, he is the one that seems to have scored in virtually every game. What was his role within the midfield exactly?
When he first arrived he was an inside forward/schemer type then as formations changed he settled as our left sided midfielder. Back when numbers mattered he wore the 10, then 6 jersey.
 

monkey magic

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#38
From Airdrie, the things he did with that club were miraculous, outstanding manager too.
Doddy was unappreciated as a Manager by the Scottish media for what he did with both Hearts and Airdrie. Almost winning the League with Hearts in 1986 and two Scottish Cup Finals with Airdrie. To think of the endless media praise heaped on that alkie Clarke from Killie who is now Scotland Manager.
 

GummyBear

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#41
Met him in Kirkintilloch RSC on Sunday! True gentleman and an outstanding player, albeit long before my time but still good to look back on!
 

noucamp72

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#44
A mainstay of the team I grew up with.
He had a telepathic understanding with wee Tam in and around the opposition's penalty box.
His timing to get on the end of wee chips was deadly.
 

dh1963

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#45
I've seen some magnificent midfield players wear the Rangers shirt.
When I pick the best 11 of those I have seen, I pick Alex Macdonald in my midfield.
 

Purplestar

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#47
One of my first ever Rangers heroes.

What a left foot and his vision was so far ahead of anyone on the pitch.

Fought proudly for the jersey.
 
#49
Doddy was unappreciated as a Manager by the Scottish media for what he did with both Hearts and Airdrie. Almost winning the League with Hearts in 1986 and two Scottish Cup Finals with Airdrie. To think of the endless media praise heaped on that alkie Clarke from Killie who is now Scotland Manager.
Beat me to it. He without a doudt, should have been our Manager.
 
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