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Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 19:57 GMT 20:57 UK
Rangers legend Baxter dies
Jim Baxter was one of Rangers' finest players
Jim Baxter was one of Rangers' finest players
Jim Baxter, one of Scotland's most talented ever football players, has died of cancer of the pancreas aged 61.

He died at home early on Saturday evening.

Baxter was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of February and was told shortly afterwards that his condition was terminal.

The Rangers and Scotland great lived in the Shawlands area of Glasgow with his partner Norma.

He enjoyed a glittering career at Rangers in the early 1960s before moving south to play for Sunderland and Nottingham Forest.

Family wishes

Baxter returned to Ibrox in 1969 but retired from football the following year.

He was as well-known for his antics off the park as those on it and years of heavy drinking led to two liver transplants in 1994.

It was during a visit to hospital for a routine check-up that his cancer was discovered, and the severity of his condition soon materialised.

A statement released by Rangers read: "On behalf of Jim Baxter's family Rangers Football Club is deeply saddened to confirm that Jim passed away peacefully at home today.

"His family would like to extend their sincere thanks to his many friends and supporters and well-wishers who sent cards and messages of support and encouragement.

"Jim and his family greatly appreciated their kindness and concern.

"Jim's family have requested that they be allowed some privacy at this difficult time.

"The funeral will take place at Glasgow Cathedral. Details will be announced by Rangers Football Club as soon as arrangements have been concluded."

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