Ray Wilkins: Ex-Rangers team-mate Butcher pays tribute to the ‘very best’ | Football | Sport


Wilkins suffered a cardiac arrest and hit his head while falling last week and was placed in an induced coma.

The footballing world sent their wishes of support to the Chelsea legend but he sadly could not pull through and passed away today.

Butcher played alongside Wilkins many times for both England and Rangers and described him as “the very best”.

“He always worked hard on the training field, he was one of the last to come off,” Butcher told Sky Sports News.

“He just wanted to get better as a player, he wanted to get better as a manager and as a coach as well.

“Obviously he wanted to be the very best and for me he was the very best.

“Many abiding memories. In one of the Old Firm games when he scored a wonderful volley against Celtic, the look on his face.

“He played all round the world and to play with a lot of Englishman in Glasgow at the time under Graeme Souness, a goal against Celtic for Rangers it meant as much to him as it did to a die-hard Rangers fan.

“There are so many memories of him and with England in World Cups in ’82 and ’86.

“Just so many memories and it has been such a pleasure to have known him and be a friend and a colleague.

“I think that’s the best thing for me; I knew Ray Wilkins is what I will say to my grandchildren and other people. I knew what he was like and he was the real deal.”

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