Nicky WALKER

Nicky Walker - Glasgow Rangers - Biography of his Rangers career.

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Date: 29 March 1986

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    • POSITION
      Goalkeeper
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 29 September 1962
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Aberdeen, Scotland
  • CLUBS
  • Glasgow Rangers
    • Club Career Dates
      1983-1989
    • League Debut
      Tuesday, 27th December 1983 in a 2-0 win at Hibernian (Aged: 21)
    • Club Career
      75 League apps, 0 goals
  • Leicester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1981-1982
    • League Debut
      9th. March 1982 in 4-1 away defeat to Chelsea. Aged 19.
    • Club Career
      6 League games.
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Nicky WALKER - Glasgow Rangers - Biography of his Rangers career.

 

 A descendant of the famous Walker's shortbread family, Nicky Walker joined Rangers from Motherwell in December 1983. He was one of Jock Wallace's first signings following the manager's return to the Ibrox helm for a second spell in charge. Wallace had been Nicky's manager at each of his previous two clubs, Motherwell and Leicester City.Walker began his career with Elgin City before earning a shot at the big time when he signed for Leicester City at the age of seventeen. Homesickness meant that he failed to make the grade at Filbert Street, and he returned north in 1981 to sign for Motherwell.

 

When he arrived at Ibrox, Walker had to compete with experienced custodians Peter McCloy and Jim Stewart for the number one jersey, and initially he found first-team opportunities limited. He made his debut in a 2-0 win against Hibernian in a Premier Division match at Easter Road on 27 December 1983, but it was one of just eleven appearances that he made in the 1983/84 season, as Rangers once again trailed in the wake of Celtic, Aberdeen and Dundee United, finishing fourth in the league. They did, however, win the Scottish League Cup, but Nicky did not play in the Final.

 

 

With Jim Stewart transferred to St Mirren in the close season, Walker vied for the gloves with McCloy in 1984/85, making a total of twenty appearances and keeping ten clean sheets, but Rangers once again endured a doleful campaign. They finished fourth in the league for a second successive season, although they did adorn the Ibrox sideboard with some silverware in the shape of the League Cup. Walker missed out on a winners' medal again, though, as McCloy was the man between the sticks when Dundee United were defeated by one goal to nil in the final at Hampden.

 

 

Nicky eventually made the goalkeeping position his own in the 1985/86 season, playing in all but two of Rangers' thirty-six league fixtures. Alas, 85/86 proved to be one of the worst campaigns in the club's history. Jock Wallace's side won just thirteen matches in the Premier Division and failed to average at least a point per game for the first time in their history. Walker kept just ten clean sheets, as Rangers plummeted even further into crisis.

 

The expensive acquisition of Chris Woods as part of the Graeme Souness-inspired revolution in the summer of 1986 saw Walker relegated to the role of understudy once again, and he made just two first-team appearances as Rangers won the Premier Division Championship in Souness' first season in charge. Nicky remained as Woods' deputy for another two seasons, and he claimed a Scottish League Cup winners' medal in 1987 when he deputised for the Englishman who missed the match against Aberdeen through suspension following his dismissal in a tempestuous Old Firm match a week earlier. The match was a classic, with the teams sharing six goals before Rangers claimed the trophy by winning a penalty shoot-out 5-3.

 

 

After a loan spell at Dunfermline, Walker left Rangers in the summer of 1989 after making ninety-five appearances for the club. He joined Hearts for a fee of £125, 000, and gained international recognition during his time in Edinburgh when he won the first of two caps for Scotland against Germany at his old stomping ground, Ibrox, in 1993. (Alistair Aird, Author of Ally McCoist - Portrait of a Hero)

 

1981–1982    Leicester City    6    (0)
1982–1983    Motherwell    30    (0)
1983–1990    Rangers    75    (0)
1987–1988    Dunfermline Athletic (loan)    1    (0)
1990–1994    Heart of Midlothian    50    (0)
1991–1992    Burnley (loan)    6    (0)
1994–1996    Partick Thistle    53    (0)
1996–1997    Aberdeen    19    (0)
1997–2001    Ross County    112    (0)
2001–2002    Inverness Caledonian Thistle    27    (0)