Glasgow & West Scotland

Scotland legend Jim Baxter's cap sells for £10,000

Jim Baxter in action for Rangers
Image caption Jim Baxter had two spells with Rangers

One of Scotland legend Jim Baxter's prized caps for playing international football in the 1960s has sold for £10,000 at a Glasgow auction.

The cap is one of only five that were awarded to the midfielder and was previously exhibited at his former club, Rangers', Ibrox Stadium.

Baxter played 34 times for Scotland but only received five actual caps as the system then awarded one per season.

"Slim Jim" is regarded as one of Scotland's greatest-ever players.

Image caption The cap that sold at the sports memorabilia sale

Baxter, whose life was bedevilled by drink and gambling problems, gave this particular cap, from the 1961-62 British Home Championship, to his favourite pub landlord.

Years later, it was sold on and Baxter made an unsuccessful attempt to reclaim it before he died, aged 61, in 2001.

'Good price'

Brian Clements, from McTear's auctioneers, said: "Jim Baxter is a true footballing legend and one of the greatest Scots to have played the game.

"There was a lot of interest in the cap from football fans and collectors alike and we're delighted that it has achieved such a good price."

Baxter had two spells with Rangers having started his career with local club Raith Rovers and also making appearances for Sunderland and Nottingham Forest.

His skills were lauded by world-renowned players such as Pele and Puskás and he played in a Rest of the World team that faced England in a 1963 exhibition match.

Baxter's most remembered performance came for Scotland against England in 1967, his moment of playful "keepie-uppie" during a 3-2 win at Wembley over the then world champions entering football folklore.