” It was the voice of Bill Struth, who had travelled to the port in person to collect his new player.
Hansen’s English at the time was basically limited to ‘yes’ and ‘no’, so conversation on the train to Glasgow was somewhat limited.
In his first season, he scored an impresive eight goals in 11 league appearances, but inevitably it was the New Year’s Day game against Celtic the following season that really sealed Hansen’s place as a fans’ favourite.
Three minutes after half-time, he collected a pass from Andy Cunningham around 40-yards out.
After some intense training sessions and several reserve matches (not to mention a crash course in English), Hansen was given his chance.
He made an immediate impact, scoring five goals in his first three games, including a debut hat-trick against Queen’s Park at Hampden, one against Partick Thistle and a penalty against Celtic – making him the first foreign player to score in an Old Firm match.
Hansen was the Brian Laudrup of his day – a skillful, pacy, forward with a habit of scoring spectacular goals.
His career in Scotland may have been cut short by injury but in his three years at Ibrox, the “Great Little Dane” became a firm fans’ favourite.He instantly became one of the most popular characters in Danish football – where he was known by the nickname Carl But his international career came to an abrupt end in 1921 when Scottish champions Rangers came to town on one of their numerous close-season tours of Denmark.Locals had alerted the Rangers manager Bill Struth to the abilities of the young forward in the Copenhagen Select team and he in turn told his centre-half Arthur Dixon: “Test that young Dane with everything you’ve got.Keen to make his new protege feel at home, Struth “talked and talked” and used sign language and gestures to get his point across.The young Dane enthusiastically responded with the only two words of English he knew, but realised later that he’d often used them the wrong way round.The newspapers were full of praise for Hansen during his Ibrox career, his only “fault” was that he worked too hard.