A Scottish Cup winner’s medal awarded to Rangers legend, Derek Johnstone, has sold for £2,400 at a dedicated auction of sporting medals and trophies.
The nine carat gold medal was presented to the player following the Ibrox side’s 4-1 win over Dundee United in the 1981 Scottish Cup Final replay, the last of the prolific striker’s five Scottish Cup wins with the Club.
The historic piece was one of the highlights at McTear’s Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction, which included a number of high profile lots.
The auction also included a rare medal awarded to Celtic great, Dan Doyle in 1893. The medal, which sold for £2,200, was presented to the ‘Wild Rover’ for representing the Scottish League XI in a 4-3 defeat to their English counterparts at Celtic Park.
Commenting on the auction, McTear’s Managing Director, Brian Clements, said: “Derek Johnstone won multiple trophies with Rangers in a playing career that started in 1970 and continued well into the 1980s. The former striker is a true Rangers legend and I am delighted that the medal achieved such a good price.
“He may have been one of the first but 120 years on Dan Doyle remains one of Celtic’s greatest ever players, winning several trophies during his eight years at the Club and gaining a fearsome reputation for his defending. The medal is a true piece of Scottish football history.”
In addition to the Derek Johnstone lot, the auction also featured a Rangers Scottish Cup winner’s medal from the 1940s, which fetched £1500.
The medal was awarded to Billy Williamson (1922 – 2006) following Rangers 1-0 win over Morton in the 1947/48 Scottish Cup Final replay. Williamson, who played under legendary Rangers manager Bill Struth, scored the winning goal for the Ibrox side in front of a 133,000 crowd at Hampden Park.
Brian Clements added: “We have sold some fantastic sporting trophies over the years and the Williamson medal is a welcome addition to that list. The forward was a key player in Bill Struth’s successful Rangers side in the late 1940’s so we were not surprised it attracted so much interest.”