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Rangers pay tribute to stalwart defender Colin Jackson


Rangers have paid tribute to former Scotland defender Colin Jackson who has died at the age of 68 following a battle with leukaemia.

Jackson, born in London, joined the Ibrox club from Sunnybank Athletic in Aberdeen in 1963, and would go on to make more than 500 appearances before leaving in 1982 for spells with Morton and Partick Thistle.

During his time with the Light Blues, centre-half Jackson was part of a team which won every domestic honour, the Scottish Championship three times as well as three Scottish Cups and five League Cup victories, heading the winning goal in 1979 against Aberdeen.

Rangers chairman Dave King said on the club's official website, "On behalf of everyone at Rangers Football Club I would like to send my sincere condolences to Colin's family and friends at this very sad time.

"Colin will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him."

John Greig was a team-mate of Jackson, who missed the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup final win over Dynamo Moscow in Barcelona because of injury,.

Greig paid a heart-felt personal tribute, saying: "I have known for some time how ill Colin was, but I am devastated by the news that he has passed away.

"I have lost a great friend and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

Jackson, a hugely respected player and person, won eight international caps during 1975 and 1976, with Scotland unbeaten in those games.

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