Former Celtic defender Jim Brogan dies aged 74

The defender made 341 appearances for Celtic in the 1960s and 1970s. Picture: PA
The defender made 341 appearances for Celtic in the 1960s and 1970s. Picture: PA
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Former Celtic player Jim Brogan has died at the age of 74 following a long battle with dementia, the club have confirmed.

The defender made 341 appearances for Celtic in the 1960s and 1970s and was at the Glasgow club throughout their nine-in-a-row title success.

Brogan also featured in the 1970 European Cup final defeat by Feyenoord.

His family stated last year that they were convinced his dementia was linked to his football career.

Brogan made his Celtic debut alongside his brother, Frank, in 1963 but had to wait until 1968 before becoming a first-team regular following injury to Lisbon Lion John Clark.

He formed a strong partnership in central defence with Billy McNeill and won league and Scottish Cup medals during his first season as a regular.

The tough-tackling defender won four caps for Scotland, all coming in 1971.

Brogan left Celtic in the summer of 1975 and went on to play for Coventry and Ayr.