Jim Baxter’s Scotland cap goes up for sale

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AN INTERNATIONAL cap given to the late Rangers footballer Jim Baxter when he played for Scotland is to go under the hammer.

The cap, which is one of only five awarded to Baxter, was previously on display at Ibrox Stadium, the home ground of Rangers FC. It was given to Baxter, nicknamed “Slim Jim”, after the 1961-2 British home championship.

McTear’s Auctioneers and Valuers said it is expected to fetch between £5,000 and £6,000 at its sports memorabilia sale in Glasgow on Sunday.

The footballer, who was most prominent during the 1960s, played 34 times for Scotland but received only five caps as the system at the time awarded players one cap per season regardless of appearances.

Baxter made a total of 150 appearances for Rangers and is remembered for performing “keepy-uppy” during the famous match at Wembley in 1967, when Scotland beat the world champions, England, 3-2. He died in 2001, aged 61.

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

“This is the chance to get your hands on a piece of real sporting history belonging to one of the true greats.

“This cap will appeal not only to Rangers and Scotland fans, but collectors of all sports