RANGERS were off to sunny Spain in May, 1956, for a three-game tour taking in matches in Barcelona, Valencia and Valldolid.

The reigning Scottish champions are pictured here on their return, complete with trophy and fetching ‘gay sombreros.’

Their first match in Valencia was a thrilling spectacle, ending in a 1-1 draw, which was the same scoreline for the return game several days later.

They suffered a couple of losses, and some reported mix-ups over venues and travel arrangements threatened to cast a shadow on proceedings, but the squad arrived home in great spirits.

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Manager Scott Symon told the Evening Times as the team got off the plane: “We have had a wonderful time. We would go back any time”.

Bobby Shearer, spotted bringing a Spanish guitar through Customs – was over the moon.

“The greatest moment of my football life was when I scored that 30-yard goal against Valencia,” he told our sports reporter.

“Believe me, I speak for all the boys when I say we would willingly do the same thing again.”