Rothesay Academy pupil and Rangers fan Nino Robertson recently travelled to the club’s Murray Park training facility to meet his heroes - and to chat to director of football Gordon Smith...
Having scored 35 goals in 98 games for Rangers, and won the domestic treble in his first season with the club, Gordon Smith is rightly regarded as one of the Ibrox club’s greats.
But when I met him at the club’s Murray Park training ground to find out about his life story, he revealed that he made his family most proud not when he signed for Rangers - but when he joined Kilmarnock.
As a 14-year-old schoolboy he was snapped up by the Rugby Park club - making his Killie-supporting family particularly pleased - although he had to deal with the stresses and strains of his Higher exams at the same time.
“As my father was a keen Killie fan, one day he took me along to watch a game between Kilmarnock and Rangers,” he said - “and from that moment on his allegiance started to swing towards the blue half of Glasgow.
“But I daren’t tell my dad that!”
* Read more from Nino’s interview with Gordon Smith in the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 27.