Paul Gascoigne, one of England’s most talented ever players, left plenty of fans with a tear in their eye on Saturday after finding the back of the net.

To celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary, a team of Rangers legends went up against a pretty decent World XI, with the likes of Luis Figo, Nuno Gomes, Ricardo Quaresma [who scored a Trivela, obviously] and Kaka featuring.

The second biggest cheer of the afternoon arrived when Gascoigne, who spent three years in Glasgow between 1995 and 1998, replaced Michael Mols in the 80th minute.

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And the biggest cheer of the afternoon happened minutes later; when the 54-year-old managed to beat former England goalkeeper David James with a relatively tame effort. Who is cutting onions in here?

A number of Gers legends returned to be part of the squad, including Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Jorg Albertz, Barry Ferguson and Ronald De Boer, who all pulled on the famous blue once again.

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Rangers opened the scoring on Saturday through Shota Arveladze, but former Spain international Carlos Marchena equalised for the World XI.

Nuno Gomes then made it 2-1 before former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma made it three with a trademark Trivela strike. Just check this out.

 

Rangers managed to pull one back through Gascoigne, who grabbed the headlines with his appearance at Ibrox, but it wasn’t enough as Luis Figo’s side came out on top.

Still, we got to see a Gascoigne goal and after the final whistle, former manager Alex McLeish said ‘Gazza’ was reduced to tears by the reception.

“The banter was brilliant,” McLeish said. “I told them: ‘That’s a pretty tasty team in there, guys, be careful’ but as I said, we’ll get them when we go away and beat them then!

“When you come back, everything drifts back in your memory of all the really good times you’ve had.

“Craig Moore, the boys were buzzing. Gazza, there was a tear in his eye before the game. And coming on, the reception he got and getting the goal, again he was shedding a tear or two.”

 

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It was great to see Gascoigne on the pitch again after some difficult times. How good was that moment, though?

Featured Image Credit: Rangers

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