The Scottish FA is saddened to learn of the passing of former Scotland international Andy Goram at the age of 58.
Goram will be remembered as one of the finest goalkeepers this country has ever produced and picked up 43 caps for Scotland.
His potential as a future international shot-stopper was first recognised by then-caretaker Scotland manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in October 1985 – when he was called up for a friendly against East Germany at Hampden Park.
Goram was introduced as a second-half substitute for Jim Leighton to collect his first cap.
A first start ended with a clean sheet in a 3-0 friendly win over Romania at Hampden Park, while a further run-out followed against the Netherlands ahead of the World Cup in 1986, where he provided competition for Leighton and Alan Rough.
Goram pushed established first-choice Leighton hard, and was again his understudy for the World Cup in 1990, before claiming the gloves for the 1992 European Championship qualification campaign.
He was an ever-present in qualifying for the tournament in Sweden and draw plaudits for his performances in the three games against the Netherlands, Germany, and former Soviet Union.
Goram edged out Leighton for the nod to feature in Euro 96 and justified Craig Brown’s faith with a string of excellent performances against the Netherlands, England, and Switzerland.
He called time on his international career prior to the World Cup in 1998, having pulled on the shirt for the last time in a 1-0 defeat to Denmark at Ibrox.
At club level, he initially made his name with Oldham Athletic before securing a move to Hibernian in 1987. He even scored for The Hibees, in 1988 against Greenock Morton, with a long kick-out.
His consistent showings caught the eye of Rangers, who paid a reported £1 million to secure his services in the summer of 1991 – replacing current Scotland goalkeeping coach Chris Woods between the sticks.
He will go down as an Ibrox great, with 260 appearances for The Light Blues that incorporated five leagues title successes, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.
Subsequent spells at Notts County and Sheffield United followed before a return north with Motherwell. It was during his time at Fir Park that he enjoyed a brief loan spell with Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson calling on him twice as they secured the 2000-01 Premier League title.
Still blessed with his trademark agility and reflexes, Goram would go on to appear for Hamilton Academical, Coventry City, Oldham Athletic, Queen of the South and Elgin City.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame and remains the only person to have played in a senior cricket match and full international football match for Scotland.