S11E5 Guest Special: Dave McPherson

In the first of this seasons guest specials, John is joined by former Rangers and Hearts defender, and 27 capped Scotland Internationalist, Dave McPherson.

Dave begins by talking about his current role as Director at Global Sports Recruitment, which involves setting up young, aspiring athletes of many sports to go to America to take on scholarships. We then move onto Dave’s first spell at Rangers which, although challenging for the club, was great for him in terms of establishing a boyhood dream by playing for the club week-in week-out. After two League Cups and a title win in Graeme Souness’s first season at Ibrox, he moved to Hearts, and told us about how the Edinburgh derby compared to the Old Firm rivalry and how a few extra signings could’ve made the difference for a title push in 91/92.

It was during his first spell at Tynecastle that Dave McPherson became a Scotland International, making his debut in a World Cup qualifier in 1989 against Cyprus at Hampden. He went onto play every game at Italia ’90 and Euro ’92 and spoke fondly of those tournaments. His international career ended on a sour note in Portugal and is disappointed that he never played for his country again after that dark night in Lisbon. After Euro ’92, McPherson moved back to Rangers and would win five trophies out of a possible six, which included the treble in 92/93 where Rangers also came close to the Champions League Final. He then moved back to Hearts in 1994 and enjoyed success in the 1998 Scottish Cup Final against his former club. He points out that his second spells at both clubs were more successful, making a mockery of the phrase “never go back!”

He touches briefly on his year in Australia with franchise side Carlton SC before returning to Scotland with Greenock Morton to end his playing career, where he also briefly managed the Cappielow side before being sacked. We round off with the usual slowfire questions including a Best XI.

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