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Wednesday 24th August 2016

Magic Numbers #1

We take a look at some of of the greatest players to have pulled on the number one jersey during their time in Scottish football.

Last week we took a trip down memory lane and scoured the archives to give you some insight into some of the more obscure players to have worn the number 21 shirt during their time in Scottish football.
This week, we will be discussing some of the finest goalkeepers ever to have graced the Scottish game. That’s right, this week we are talking about some of the greatest players to have pulled on the number one jersey.
Hamish McAlpine (Dundee United)
Hamish McAlpine played between the sticks at Tannadice for a period spanning 20 years, between 1966 and 1986. McAlpine is arguably Dundee United’s greatest ever keeper. He played just shy of 500 league games for the Terrors, winning a league title and two League Cups in the process. Despite his domestic successes, McAlpine wasn’t given much international recognition, featuring only five times as an overage player for the Scotland Under-21 side during the early 80s.
Artur Boruc (Celtic)
After a successful short period on loan at the club, the Polish shot-stopper signed for Celtic on a permanent basis from Legia Warsaw in 2005. Boruc went on to become a cult hero at Celtic Park due to his phenomenal goalkeeping ability as well as his passion and charisma. The big Pole won six trophies whilst at Celtic as well as cementing himself as first choice keeper for his national team.
Jim Leighton (Aberdeen)
Leighton was Mr Reliable between the sticks for Scotland during the 80s and 90s, making just over 90 appearances for the national team. He spent the majority of his time at Pittodrie under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, helping the club win the European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup, as well as numerous domestic trophies. Leighton had two separate spells with the Dons as well as playing for clubs such as Manchester United, Hibernian and Dundee.
Andy Goram (Rangers)
Goram was born in Oldham but went on to represent the Scottish national team. He first made his name playing for Oldham Athletic from 1981-87 before joining Hibernian. Goram made over 100 appearances for the Hibees however, undoubtedly the most successful period of his career came after his £1 million move to Rangers. The goalkeeper won 11 domestic trophies during his time at the Gers, including six Scottish Premier Division titles.
Alan Rough (Partick Thistle)
Rough made his debut for the Jags in 1969 and went on to play over 600 games for the club in all competitions, cementing his status as a Firhill legend. He was a member of the Thistle side that beat Celtic 4-1 in the 1971 Scottish League Cup final as well as winning the Scottish First Division on two separate occasions. Rough was capped 53 times by Scotland over a 10-year period and played in two World Cups, in 1978 and 1982.