A lifelong Rangers fan, who’s never been shy in showing his support for our club, Andy was born in Drumchapel, Glasgow into a family of Rangers diehards. So diehard in fact that Andy once quipped that when it came to the family sharing a packet of Penguin biscuits, no one wanted the one in the green wrapper!
Andy’s playing career started at Dundee United, where he scored a very impressive 46 goals in 62 appearances. That goal-scoring form earned Andy a move to newly promoted Aston Villa in 1975 and the following season he was the joint winner of England’s golden boot award along with Arsenal’s Malcolm MacDonald. Andy’s 29 goals in the following season saw him win both the PFA Young Player of the Year and the PFA Players Player of the Year, a feat matched in 2009 by Cristiano Ronaldo and in 2013 by Gareth Bale. Andy was also part of Villa’s 1977 League Cup winning team.
In September 1979, Andy made the short move from Villa to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the then English record transfer fee of £1.5m. He scored 38 goals for Wolves and won the 1980 League Cup with them, scoring the winning goal in the final. Andy moved to Everton in 1983 and in a trophy laden two-year spell with the Merseyside club, he won the FA Cup, League Championship and European Cup Winners Cup, scoring in both the FA Cup and Cup Winners Cup finals.
In 1985, Andy returned to Aston Villa for two more years before spending a year at West Bromwich Albion. It was in 1988 though that Andy achieved his boyhood dream of playing for Rangers when Graeme Souness brought him to Ibrox.
Although Andy only had one season at Rangers, his passion and desire to be playing for the team he grew up supporting made him a fan favourite. Andy scored five goals in season 1988/89 for Rangers and won the Scottish Premier Division title that year, the first of nine in a row for the club, before moving on to Cheltenham Town where he finished his playing career.
Andy’s distinguished career also saw him pull on the dark blue of Scotland on 20 occasions, scoring seven goals for the national team.
Following his retirement from playing, Andy had a short coaching spell at Aston Villa before fully concentrating on his TV work. Andy immediately became a hit with viewers as a pundit and a commentator on Sky Sports, particularly since the launch of the English Premier League in 1992 and on Sky’s Scottish football coverage, where alongside Martin Tyler, Andy was one of the most instantly recognizable voices on TV.