RANGERS legend Andy Goram has passed away aged 58.
The retired goalkeeper was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer earlier this year and was given less than six months to live.
Andy Goram has passed away aged 58Credit: PA
And he’s tragically lost his short battle with the disease.
Rangers paid tribute to their former stopper on Twitter, tweeting: “Rangers Football Club are today deeply saddened to announce the death of our legendary goalkeeper, Andy Goram, following a short battle with cancer.”
An excerpt of a club statement read: “Rangers Football Club are today deeply saddened to announce the death of our legendary goalkeeper, Andy Goram, following a short battle with cancer.
“Goram, 58, made 260 appearances for Gers between 1991 and 1998. In that time, he won five league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.
“His performances in the inaugural UEFA Champions League in 1992/93 were outstanding, as Gers defeated English champions Leeds United to qualify for the tournament, before coming within a whisker of reaching the final.
“Goram was also something of an Old Firm specialist, and as the decade progressed and clashes between the two became more and more important, he was often the difference between the two sides with some astonishing saves.”
Motherwell also paid tribute to their late keeper, tweeting: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former captain Andy Goram.
“The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Motherwell FC are with Andy’s family and close friends at this very sad time.”
Hibernian also followed suit, writing: “Everyone at Hibernian FC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Andy Goram following a short battle with cancer.”
Goram’s condition deteriorated in late May and it was later revealed he only had a matter of weeks to live.
He told the Daily Record: “It’s now thought I have four to six weeks.
“It was a private message I sent someone who shared it and it ended up online.
“It’s disappointing that someone would do that.”
Fan favourite Goram had hoped his recent radiotherapy treatment would give him more time to spend with his loved ones.
He said: “The cancer has spread a lot quicker than everyone thought. I felt really ill and was in a lot of pain on Tuesday and needed an ambulance to take me back to hospital.
“The tests confirmed the cancer was now in my lymph nodes and spreading fast.
“My specialist recommended radiotherapy. I decided to take his professional advice. I’ve said from the start I’ll fight on until D-Day.
“If this radiotherapy on Tuesday and my follow-up treatment prolongs my life I’ll be able to see more of my family, friends and ex-teammates.
“It’ll give me the chance to spend more time with my two grandchildren. That’s my target.
“It’s all been very overwhelming but the people around me, everyone, my son Danny, have been great.”
Goram won 43 caps for Scotland and was their first-choice goalkeeper for both Euro 92 in Sweden and Euro 96 in England.
Goram also won international caps for Scotland as a cricketer, and remains the only person to have played a first-class international match at cricket as well as a major international football match for Scotland.
Goram enjoyed a loan spell at Man United in the 2000-01 season.
However, he only played twice for the club. The two games – a 4-2 win against Coventry and 2-1 defeat at Southampton – both ended with him being substituted.
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