A Rangers fan was given the chance to hand deliver the SPL trophy to his heroes just days after they beat arch-rivals Celtic to the title.
Delivery driver Jim Gilmour got the unexpected job during his shift with Scotland’s leading independent courier delivery firm Eagle Couriers, and was delighted to find out that he would be delivering the prestigious trophy back to Ibrox after being engraved.
Jim, who lives in Glasgow and is a die-hard Gers supporters, said: “I’ve had football trophies in the back of my van before, as we deliver them for special occasions, but this was still a very proud moment.
“Because of the dramatic end to the SPL season, and the fact that we pipped Celtic to the title on the last day of the season, it was a pretty special job to get. Although the package was sealed up, it was a great feeling to know exactly what was in the box and delivering it to Ibrox was a big thrill.”
The delivery was just one of the scores of occasions every year that Eagle Couriers gets to transport major sporting trophies around the country. In the past, the firm has helped deliver the Scottish Cup, CIS Cup and Heineken Cup trophies to official engagements, and it also regularly delivers film for TV companies that cover some of Scotland’s biggest sporting occasions.
Jerry Stewart, one of Eagle Couriers directors said: “We regularly deliver major sporting trophies during the year – usually when they are required for special events or after they have been engraved with the winners’ name.
“However, it’s often the case that the couriers who deliver them aren’t a fan of the team that has won them, or even the sport that these trophies represent.
“It’s great that, this time, one of our staff had the chance to deliver the SPL trophy to the club he supports and loves.”