RANGERS legend Tom Forsyth has passed away at the age of 71.

The Ibrox great – known as Jaws for his tough tackling – died yesterday with his family by his side.

The Ibrox club tweeted: “Everyone at Rangers Football Club is sad to learn of the news that our former player, Tom Forsyth, has passed away this evening.

“We pass on our heartfelt condolences to the entire family circle at this difficult time.”

Forsyth won nine major honours for the club, including two domestic trebles.

He spent five successful years at Motherwell after joining from Junior outfit Stonehouse Violet before moving to the Govan club in 1972.

Forsyth went into folklore when he scored the Scottish Cup winner in a 3-2 triumph over Celtic a year later. He went on to make over 300 appearances for Gers and was a hero during the treble triumphs in 1975/76 and 1977/78.

He won 22 Scotland caps during a seven-year period following his debut in 1971 and played in the World Cup Finals in Argentina in 1978. He also captained his country once against Switzerland in 1876.

After retiring due to injury, he had a brief spell managing Dunfermline in the early 1980s

Forsyth then worked No.2 to Tommy McLean at Morton, Motherwell and Hearts and was assistant at the Fir Park side when Well beat Dundee United 4-3 in a memorable Scottish Cup Final in 1991.

The Lanarkshire outfit joined in with the tributes, saying: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of former Motherwell player and assistant manager Tam Forsyth. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The Rangers Former Players Benevolent Club also paid tribute via social media.

A statement said: “We are sad to hear of the passing of Tom Forsyth.

“Tom passed away peacefully with his family by his side.”


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