HE may never quite have managed to perform to his very best on a consistent basis or fully justify the substantial outlay that it required to secure his signature during the four years that he played for Rangers.
Yet, a moment of impudence during the Scottish Cup semi-final against Ayr United at Hampden in 2000 endeared Andrei Kanchelskis to their supporters forever.
With his side coasting to an emphatic win over their lower league opponents in the second-half he, to the delight of one half of the stadium and the outrage of the other, stood on the ball on the edge of the opposition penalty box and put his hand to his forehead. “I was looking for my forward,” he later explained. “Where was my forward?”
It was not, it is safe to say, the sort of stunt the winger would have attempted during his Dynamo Kiev days in a game against Spartak Moscow.
Kanchelskis knows all about intense football rivalries. He remains the only man to score in the Manchester, Merseyside and Glasgow derbies. The febrile atmosphere generated by the meetings between United and City, Everton and Liverpool and Celtic and Rangers never seemed to faze him.
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