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Last Updated: Monday, 6 November 2006, 13:07 GMT
Rangers legend Bobby Shearer dies
Bobby Shearer
Bobby Shearer led Rangers to a domestic treble in 1963-64
The former Rangers captain, Bobby Shearer, has died after a short illness, aged 74.

Shearer, nicknamed Captain Cutlass for his combative playing style, played for the Glasgow club between 1955 and 1965.

He won five league titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups during his time at Ibrox.

Rangers legend John Greig led the club's tributes and told Rangers TV: "He was a great captain because he led by example."

Shearer appeared 407 times for Rangers, including 165 successive games for the Ibrox side, after leaving Hamilton Academical.

Greig, who made his first appearances for Rangers during Shearer's captaincy, said: "It's very sad news and my thoughts are with his family.

"I have a lot to thank Bobby for. He was the captain of the team when I came in and he really helped me settle in."

Shearer was one of the mainstays of the Rangers side in the early 1960s and captained the side to their second domestic treble in 1963-64.

"He was a great captain because he led by example," said Greig.

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"He personified the Rangers spirit with his will to win and it rubbed off on everyone around him."

Former Rangers winger Willie Henderson was another former team-mate to pay tribute.

"I was 17 when I made my Rangers debut and he was captain at the time," he said.

"There wasn't many people I listened to but he was one of them.

"He was one of those people who, when I look back at my time at Ibrox, he was a real true blue Ranger.

"He played for the jersey and he loved the Rangers and I couldn't speak highly enough of him."

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