Ronnie McKinnon: Scotland and Rangers Legend Dies at 83
The football world is in mourning as it pays heartfelt tributes to the late Ronnie McKinnon, a Scottish football icon who made indelible contributions to both Rangers and the Scotland national team. McKinnon’s passing at the age of 83 has left a void in the hearts of fans and fellow players alike.
Born on August 20, 1940, in Glasgow, United Kingdom, Ronnie McKinnon’s journey in football was nothing short of legendary. His remarkable career spanned over 12 years at Rangers, from 1960 to 1972, during which he etched his name in the annals of football history.
McKinnon’s tenure at Rangers coincided with a period of unprecedented success for the club. He was a pivotal member of Scot Symon’s team, which achieved a historic treble during the 1962/63 season. His unwavering dedication and defensive prowess contributed significantly to the team’s victories.
Making his debut for Rangers at the age of 20, McKinnon went on to make nearly 500 first-team appearances for the club. In that time, he played a vital role in helping the Gers secure two league titles, four Scottish Cups, and three League Cups. His outstanding contributions to the sport earned him a well-deserved place in the Hall of Fame.
In a twist of fate, Ronnie McKinnon’s last game for Rangers was marred by a devastating injury. During a match against Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the Cup Winners’ Cup second round, he suffered a broken leg, which tragically kept him from participating in the club’s historic trophy win in Barcelona at the end of that season.
McKinnon’s talent extended beyond the domestic arena. He earned 28 international caps and was part of the famous 1967 Scotland team that secured a historic victory against newly-crowned world champions England, winning the British Home Championships with a thrilling 3-2 triumph at Wembley.
Notably, Ronnie McKinnon had a twin brother, Donnie, who was also a professional footballer and spent 14 years at Partick Thistle, contributing to the footballing legacy of the McKinnon family.
Rangers, the club that Ronnie McKinnon served with distinction, shared the sad news of his passing. In a statement posted on social media, the club expressed its condolences to his widow, Elizabeth, and the entire family, requesting privacy during this somber period. The club also announced its intention to pay further tribute to the football legend inshortlyAs fans, players, and the football community remember Ronnie McKinnon, his legacy as a true Rangers and Scotland legend will continue to shine brightly, inspiring future generations of football enthusiasts and reminding us all of the remarkable contributions he made to the beautiful game.