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William McClure Johnston (born 19 December 1946) a retired Scottish professional footballer best known for his tenure with Rangers and West Bromwich Albion. He made 22 international games for Scotland and was named to the 1978 FIFA World Cup squad, but he was sent home after failing a drugs test.
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Born in Glasgow but raised in Fife, Johnston began his career at local junior team Lochore Welfare; as well as signing schoolboy papers with Rangers. He made his full-time debut against St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup on August 29, 1964; at 17 years old. Following the injury of established outside left Davie Wilson, Johnston was picked in the side for the competition final two months later and collected his first winner’s medal after a 2–1 Old Firm triumph over Celtic autographs. One of the team’s major players, fellow Fife native Jim Baxter, became his friend.
Rangers and Celtic shared a cup triumph the following season; each defeating the other in the final; Celtic avenged themselves in the League Cup before Rangers won the 1965–66 Scottish Cup 1–0 in a replay; with Wilson playing inside left in the games to accommodate both him and Johnston in the lineup. Johnston had made his Scotland debut ten days before the League Cup Final; against Poland, in a World Cup qualifying match when he was just 18 years old; the match ended in disappointment with a 2–1 home defeat, with the opponents scoring both goals in the final five minutes.
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Celtic won the 1966 Scottish League Cup Final by a score of 1–0 against the same opponents. Johnston also suffered a broken ankle in a shock Scottish Cup defeat to Berwick Rangers; in January 1967, but he healed in time for the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final on May 31, in which Rangers lost 1–0 to Bayern Munich.
Johnston’s personal output over the next three seasons; an amazing 65 goals from 137 games (along with four caps for Scotland); but only managed one minor Glasgow Cup title during that time. Celtic had beginning an era of dominance at the time; and in the 1969 Scottish Cup Final, they defeated Rangers 4–0; less than a month after Johnston had scored a hat-trick against them in a cup encounter at Celtic Park. Further heartbreak came when the team was knocked out of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finals twice by English opponents; both of whom went on to win the cup (Leeds United in 1968 and Newcastle United in 1969). Due to his ban, Johnston was unable to play in the first leg against Newcastle.
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Celtic’s dominance in the Scottish league lasted far into the 1970s; and Johnston’s time at Ibrox ended without a championship medal. Rangers won the 1970 Scottish League Cup Final 1–0 over their familiar opponents; with Johnston supplying the winning cross, although manager Willie Waddell fined him for showboating (sitting on the ball); which he claimed caused the team humiliation. Celtic won the 1970–71 Scottish Cup final following a replay; which was yet another Old Firm match. Rangers had also suffered a big off-field tragedy that year, with 66 fans killed in a stadium accident.
Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow 3–2 in the European Cup-Winners’ Cup final in Barcelona in 1971–72; with Johnston scoring twice. As formations changed, he was frequently playing as a striker with Colin Stein (the other goal scorer in the final).
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