IN October 1945, these Rangers players were on their way to Hanover in Germany.

It was just a few months after the end of the Second World War, and the team was flying out on board a military transport to play a ‘friendly’ to entertain the British troops in occupation of the Rhine.

These kinds of matches had become popular during the war as a way of keeping the game alive with so many men away fighting, and to help with fundraising.

The Scottish club played the BAOR (occupation force British Army of the Rhine) who beat them resoundingly by six goals to one in front of a massive crowd of 50,000 fans.

Music on the day was provided by the Pipes and Drums of the 6th Batallion The Seaforths.

Club legend Willie Waddell, who went on to become manager, scored Rangers’ solitary goal.

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There were two Scotsmen in the opposing side – Peter McKennan, of Partick Thistle, who scored a hat-trick, and Hume, of Aberdeen.

Mckennan was a Partick Thistle legend - he scored 113 goals in 198 games for the club.