Mark Rankine is amazed that he has beaten Sir Tom Finney to be the first ex-Preston player to have an executive box named after him at Deepdale.

Fans have been given the chance to name executive boxes after a player of their choice in the new Pavilion Stand.

North End then personalised each box with previously unseen photos of the player for the stand's opening in August.

But the first to be snapped up was not named after the legendary Finney, Bill Shankly or even loan star David Beckham.

It was former midfielder Rankine who was the first to have his name in the Errigal Group's box.

And Rankine, who made nearly 250 league appearances for North End in the 1990s, cannot wait for his first visit.

He said: "I wasn't able to go to the opening but I will go as soon as I can. Hopefully I can go into the box - and I'll be looking for some free food and drink!"

"I was absolutely shocked when the General Manager Ben Rhodes told me.

"But I certainly wouldn't put myself in a bracket with Sir Tom. I think that would be slightly remiss of me!

"I really enjoyed my time at Preston and it's always good to go back.

"I get on well with the fans and people within the club as well and it's nice to know that I'm remembered even after I've retired."

For all the latest news on Preston North End please click here