Simp-Lee the Best: My Autobiography

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Press: Black and White Publishing (May 1, 2013)
ISBN:9781845026066
Author Name:McCulloch, Lee
Pages:288
Language:English

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Lee McCulloch plays for Rangers and is club captain. 
He signed for his boyhood heroes in July, 2007 in a GBP 2 million transfer from Wigan and he has helped the club to three SPL titles and a UEFA Cup Final.
His popularity with the Rangers fans has increased dramatically in recent months during the turmoil at Ibrox.
When others walked out, Lee stated he would play for the club for nothing and was also the first player to pledge his future to the Rangers newco.
In his explosive autobiography, McCulloch opens up on the turmoil at Rangers in the past two years as the club was sold by Sir David Murray to Craig Whyte and the historic events that followed from administration to liquidation and to the club being reformed under Charles Green.
He lifts the lid on the remarkable and fascinating inside story from the dressing-room and their battles with those in power at Ibrox.
From his humble upbringing in Lanarkshire where he was driven to succeed in football by his strict disciplinarian father, to joining Rangers and how his first season there left him in tears and regretting the decision to move to Ibrox, this book has it all.
Lee was also a success at Wigan and was the club's record signing when he joined them from Motherwell in 2001 for GBP 700,000.
He was recently voted into their all-time Greatest XI and tells the story of their rise to the English Premiership and the part he played.
Lee has been capped for his country 18 times and tells what it was like to play under five Scotland managers - Berti Vogts, Walter Smith, Alex McLeish, George Burley and Craig Levein.
He also reveals boozing sessions with Berti Vogts left him shocked and opens his heart on why he quit Scotland under George Burley and the bust-ups that followed with the SFA.
With his high profile as Rangers captain, his loyal following including more than 50,000 Twitter followers, and his unique insight into the recent turmoil at Ibrox, Lee McCulloch's autobiography is Simp-Lee the Best.

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  •     Greatness comes from humble beginnings. That certainly is the case with Rangers captain Lee McCulloch.He started off as a hard-working youth that exceeded expectations and ended with as a captain for one of the world's most famous clubs, a team he supported his entire life. It is a lengthy journey that included time with Motherwell, the Scottish National Team, EPL side Wigan Athletic, and of course Rangers.Simp-Lee the Best: My Autobiography by Lee McCulloch is a footballing treasure. It offers a rare glimpse into a special club, which still felt like a family and a community despite winning SPL titles and having enormous success in Europe.The book offered all kinds of turning points and defining moments. One came when his gaffer gave him some very important advice:"Don't be the guy in the pub shouting at the telly. Be the guy on the telly getting shouted at."McCulloch becomes the footballing everyman that inspires others to be better, one that has led an honest and impressive career that has pitted him against the world's best. He is a hero for the common man and the loyal supporter.His story is that of a rollercoaster, lots of highs and quite a few lows. Taking SPL titles out of the hands of Celtic is clearly good, while the legendary club going into administration is obviously bad. Getting to wear the colors of his country and being named captain at Rangers were obvious milestones, along with the opportunity to play in the EPL.But the lows were so devastating. Relegation is a bad word, but administration and liquidation are worse.On a personal level, losing his form and ultimately losing his confidence shook the veteran to his core during a rough patch in his impressive career. Some key words from the manager turned things around, which wasn't the first or last time the gaffer made a difference.McCulloch stuck with his beloved Gers in good times and bad, winning hardware and helping the club fight their way back up the Scottish football pyramid. He didn't abandon his club even though he had an opportunity to play in the Middle East under a very lucrative contract. He was always loyal, putting love of club and family over that of riches every time.Rangers are still a work in progress as the team is not back to the SPL yet, but the veteran is bound to make that happen before he hangs up his boots and turns to a new chapter in his life. That new chapter is likely to include becoming a coach himself, which is not a surprise considering the great coaches that have influenced his career.This is a great book, a must have for Rangers fans or anyone who follows the beautiful game. This is not about footballers making millions, driving fast cars, and gracing the covers of magazines and the headlines of newspapers. Rather this is a story about one of the good guys who made it big. He is one of us, someone who loves and protects the beautiful game, playing the sport the way it should be played: with heart, determination, and respect.
  •     Thoroughly enjoyed this well done Lee great effort. I good honest account of the life of a professional footballer great insights into the stresses and relationships within the game
  •     Cometh the hour Cometh the man so the saying goes,never truer than in the case of Super Jig,A club captain for the times,A must read for all fans of Rangers and those whose appreciate loyalty and guts in life.
  •     Simp-Lee the BestI have grown into supporting Rangers during the last two years mostly because I felt they were treated extremely unfair by the SPL during the process of administration. Certainly the club made some mistakes in the past but now it seemed that they made scapegoats for all that went wrong with Scottish football in the recent past. When the club went into administration in February 2012 there was hardly one day without more bad news and the Rangers players at that time must have been through a terrible turmoil.Now with Rangers down to the fourth tier of Scottish football, winning the Third Division title and playing in the third tier next season it was the perfect timing for Lee McCulloch to publish his autobiography that was written together with sports journalist Mark Guidi. A huge part of the book is reserved for the whole process of administration and liquidation of old Rangers Football Club and re-starting from the bottom as the new Rangers.For me `old' Rangers and `new' Rangers is no difference and there is the same for their fans and players. The rest of Scottish football may think differently. And you can sense the frustration, the hurting Lee McCulloch and Rangers might get through during that process last year. There is so much love for this club into his words that you know that the decision to make him captain of Rangers in September 2012 was the only and perfectly fitting option.I went reading through this book within four days but I could have done that also within two days easily. It's a right good laugh at times mostly when Lee is talking about the antics of some of his team-mates or his own and also I shed some tears on the deeply touching parts of administration and other moving episodes of his career. The book as it is an autobiography is mostly written chronological with Lee's childhood in Motherwell, his first steps as a youth player there, then his six years at Wigan followed by his move to Rangers in 2007. Some insight into his private life didn't surprise me as I've always thought of him as a loveable human being. He doesn't act in public to be someone else but when you only see him playing for Rangers you may be surprised about his mostly shy personality off the pitch.Lee's autobiography is made complete by a foreword by former Rangers captain David Weir, eight pages of photographs and his dream team and opposition at the end. The last of it may be a hint for his testimonial he surely will get when his career comes to an end within a few years time. Until then he'll definitely help Rangers to get back to the SPL where this great club and their fans belong.

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