Graeme Souness taken into hospital

Graeme Souness is in hospital in Bournemouth. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Graeme Souness is in hospital in Bournemouth. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

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Former Scotland captain and Rangers manager Graeme Souness was taken into hospital on Friday.

The 62-year-old, who won the European Cup three times with Liverpool, is receiving treatment in a hospital in Bournemouth, close to his home in Poole, Dorset.

No details of Souness’ condition were immediately available.

The Edinburgh-born former midfielder won 54 caps for Scotland during a playing career which also saw him win five league titles among his Liverpool honours and a Coppa Italia title with Sampdoria.

As a manager, he led Rangers to three Scottish titles and four League Cups, before winning the 1992 FA Cup with the Reds.

He went on to manage Turkish side Galatasaray - winning two domestic cup competitions - Blackburn, where he won the 2002 League Cup, Southampton, Benfica and Newcastle among others.

He features in the Scottish national team, Rangers and English football Halls of Fame and in a 2006 poll of Liverpool supporters was named as the ninth most popular player in the club’s history.

Since leaving the Magpies in 2006 he has worked as a media pundit for Sky Sports and Irish broadcaster RTE.

He underwent a triple heart by-pass operation in 1992, aged 38.

Souness’ Sky Sports colleague Jeff Stelling opened the station’s Soccer Saturday broadcast with a message of support to Souness.

“Souey, if you’re watching, get well very quickly,” said the presenter.

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