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60th anninversary of the First ever treble in Scottish football
A recent night in the Wee Rangers Club, however, was all about the legendary Jock 'Tiger' Shaw and his magnificent contribution to Rangers' long and glorious story. All in all he spent 16 seasons with Rangers in a career that encompassed World War Two and, in peacetime, won four League medals, 3 Scottish Cups and two League Cups, an impressive array of silverware that encompassed Rangers winning the very first Triple Crown in Scotland in 1948/49. Of course, if one includes Wartime trophies then we are fully entitled to toast a man who played in Scottish football's very first Nine in a Row.

Arriving from Airdrie in the Summer of 1938, Jock transferred into a Rangers team already full of men who would write themselves into Rangers' history. Men such as Jerry Dawson, Dougie Gray and Alec Venters were already ensured of their place in Ibrox folklore while Willie Thornton also used Tiger's inaugural season to establish himself as an automatic pick in the Rangers XI. Jock Shaw was in a wonderful position, therefore, to have been a Rangers player while the great era of the 30s was coming to and end while the great Mr Struth continued his legacy by building another team that would, along with the wonderful Hibernian team of the period, continue to rule Scottish football until the end of the unsurpassed era of Bill Struth. It is perhaps fitting that a man who exemplified in every possible way the unique traditions of Rangers FC had a career that straddled two separate and successful eras.

Jock Shaw's Rangers career displays a remarkable consistency, particularly when one considers the wholehearted way in which he went about his defensive duties. Solid and uncompromising in the tackle, he was nevertheless unquestionably fair in his approach to his opponents. Of the 43 games Rangers played in to capture the League and inaugural League Cup in 1946/47, Jock missed a mere two of them, a figure only bettered by the goalkeeper Bobby Brown. The following season, in which Rangers lifted the Scottish Cup after two famous final games against Morton, Jock, alongside Bobby Brown and the great Sammy Cox, played in every one of Rangers' competitive games. This season also gave Jock his one and only peacetime goal for Rangers, a penalty against Airdrie in a 3-0 win in November 1947.

In recent years, Rangers fans have had cause to celebrate two Championship wins on the last day of the season. The contemporary fans of 1948/49 enjoyed the same, although in those days it was Dundee who were challenging Rangers as Celtic engaged in what was almost an annual struggle against relegation. A Jock Shaw-inspired Rangers clinched the trophy with a last day 4-1 win at Albion Rovers as Dundee – who went into the final round of fixtures a point ahead – slumped to defeat at Brockville. As Willie Allison put it, "The Championship was ours!" This therefore gave Jock his third League Winner's medal in what was a remarkable defensive performance by the Iron Curtain, conceding by the then standards a remarkably miserly 32 goals in 30 games, by far the least in the division. This was a pivotal trophy for Jock Shaw and Rangers as it, rather uniquely, was a League Title in a Treble season that was clinched after the Scottish Cup, it being won with a 4-1 win over Clyde the previous week. Therefore, Jock Shaw will go down in history as the man who Captained Rangers to their first ever Treble, a truly wonderful achievement for both Captain and team.

It's very possible that time was beginning to catch up with Jock as the world entered the 50s, given that Jock was by then in his late 30s although to still be playing regularly at that age in those more demanding days is surely testament to a truly exceptional level of fitness. Be that as it may, Jock still played in all but one of Rangers' league games of that season as the epic battle between the Bears and Hibs for dominance swung in favour of the Ibrox team as they edged out their East Coast rivals by a point. That was to be Jock's last competitive medal as a Rangers player and the following year his appearances began to become fewer and fewer until his retirement in 1954. 

Jock' international career was surprisingly limited, only amassing a total of four Caps but, in keeping with the image of the Captain of Rangers, on each occasion Jock represented his country he Captained them as well; possibly a glimpse into a Scotland that was more at ease with itself than in modern times.

However, as Rangers fans in 2007 it is fitting and appropriate that we do what is necessary to keep the memories of our legends alive and to pass them onto future generations. This was carried out with respect to Jock Shaw with a tribute to a remarkable man, a true Rangers great and one to whom we leave the last words, quoted in William Allison's The New Era at the end of his Rangers career:

"although I feel I could continue playing for some seasons, I want to end my days as a Rangers player. The 16 years I spent with them were the happiest of my life. They were, in fact, my life. I could never play for any other team."
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