Football stars rally around Andy Goram amid cancer battle as keeper has just months to live


Yesterday FOOTBALL stars rallied around Andy Goram after revealing he had just six months to live.

The legendary 58-year-old Rangers goalkeeper has told how his esophageal cancer spread to his liver, lungs, vertebrae and ribs.


Rangers legend Andy Goram

But he refused chemo after doctors said it could only extend his life by around 12 weeks.

Former Light Blues goalkeeper Peter McCloy, 75, who was part of the club’s squad for the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972, said: “This is terrible news. It’s a sad, sad time for him.

“My thoughts are with him.”

Manchester United, where the hero also had a short spell, said in a direct message: “Andy, everyone at United is thinking of you and sending you strength at this difficult time.”

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Former England shot-stopper David James also tweeted his condolences, while Alan Burrows, chief executive of Motherwell, who Goram also played for, urged the fan favorite – nicknamed The Goalie – to “fight on”.

Alan said: “My heart goes out to him and his family and I hope the last few months will be filled with love.

“Fight hard, goalkeeper.”

Goram started feeling unwell about seven weeks ago and had difficulty eating and drinking.

He sought medical help when the pain became unbearable and he lost four stones in a month.

The star said: “The doc said to me, ‘Go enjoy your everyday life and be as normal as possible.’

“I will be here as long as possible. The only difference is that the ticking time bomb is on.”

And the news came as a huge shock to fans who idolized him during his time with Rangers and Scotland.

Social media has since been flooded with tributes to Goram as people come together to send their best wishes as he battles the disease.

Jonathan Burns, son of Celtic icon Tommy, said: “Get well soon Andy.”

Goram’s former club Oldham tweeted: “As a club we send our thoughts and best wishes to Andy during this difficult time.”

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Another of his former clubs, Queen of the South, posted: “Everyone at Queen of the South sends our best wishes to our former goalkeeper Andy Goram at this time.”

The official Scotland account posted: “Andy and his family are in the thoughts of everyone involved with the Scotland national team at this time.

“Stay strong, Andy.”

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