A historic Rangers medal that was won more than a hundred years ago is set to headline Scotland’s first dedicated auction of sporting medals and trophies.

The fifteen carat gold Scottish Football League Championship medal was awarded to Gers midfielder, Joe Hendry, who appeared 147 times for the club during his eight year tenure, in season 1910/11.

Experts at McTear’s have estimated that the historic piece, which is being sold by the player’s grandchildren, could fetch between £2,000 and £3,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Kay Hutchison, Mr Hendry’s granddaughter, said: “My granddad was a great footballer but he also had a strong social conscience.

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"When he stopped playing he continued to be involved in the game providing dedicated commentaries for blind fans.

"Some of my earliest memories are helping my grandmother make rounds of corned beef sandwiches that he would take to the games to share at half-time with his ‘listeners’.

“The medal was a treasured memento of my late mother’s and after my father died recently my brother Glenn and I thought long and hard about where it should go.

"We are not avid football supporters and we felt the time was right for the medal to go to a true sporting fan, someone who understands the importance and heritage of the piece, and would cherish it for years to come.”

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McTear’s managing director Brian Clements said medals from the early days of the Ibrox club and bitter rival Celtic are highly collectable.

He added: The medal is in fantastic condition, which is astonishing bearing in mind the age of the piece, and we expect there will be considerable interest from collectors both at home and overseas.”

The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction will take place at McTear’s on April 26.

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