Rangers legend Andy Goram dies from esophageal cancer

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Scottish football mourns the loss of the sporting legend who also represented his country at cricket.

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He won five league titles with the Gers between 1991 and 1997 and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Andy Goram’s cause of death

Goram announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and had about six months to live.

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The esophagus is the esophagus that runs between the throat and the stomach. Symptoms of esophageal cancer often include difficulty swallowing and weight loss.

In an interview with the Scottish newspaper the daily record In May, Goram said he had been offered chemotherapy to fight the disease but declined the treatment because it would only add a maximum of 12 weeks to his life.

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Andy Goram career: who did the goalkeeper play great for?

Goram is best remembered for his time with Rangers between 1991 and 1998.

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During this time he won five Scottish league titles, three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups, as well as SFWA Footballer of the Year and SPFA Player of the Year after the 1992/93 season.

Born in Bury, Goram began his youth career with West Bromwich Albion before signing his first senior contract with Oldham Athletic in 1981.

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He was with the Latics for six years and made 195 games before moving north of the border to sign for Hibernian.

He remained at Easter Road until 1991 when Rangers paid £1million to bring him to Ibrox.

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Following his successful spell at Glasgow, he moved to Notts County and then Sheffield United before returning to Scotland with Motherwell.

Towards the end of his time with the Steelmen, the keeper was briefly loaned to Manchester United, where he played twice for the side that won the Premier League title in 2000/01.

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He returned to Fir Park and made the short move across Lanarkshire to sign for Hamilton Accies before heading back south to join Coventry City in 2002.

Goram made a brief return to first club Oldham Athletic before returning to Scotland to play with Queen of the South and ending his career at Elgin City in 2004.

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Andy Goram’s international career: football statistics and cricket

Things could have been so different for Goram and Scotland had he represented his country of birth after being called up to the England Under-21 squad in 1983.

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However, then manager Howard Wilkinson had doubts about Gorman’s lack of stature and in 1985 he was called up by Alex Ferguson to represent Scotland.

He made his international debut on 16 October 1995 in a friendly against East Germany at Hampden Park, replacing the superb Scottish goalkeeper Jim Leighton at half-time.

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Goram won 43 caps for Scotland between 1985 and 1998.

Incredibly, Goram was also a talented cricketer in his early days as a footballer, playing four times for Scotland before Rangers boss Walter Smith ordered him to focus on football.

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