FORMER Rangers hero Colin McAdam has died at the age of 61.

The big striker - who also played as a central defender - was known as 'The Beast' by fans of the Ibrox club and by supporters of Partick Thistle, with whom he had two spells.

He scored 32 goals in 99 games for Rangers and had the rare honour of playing against his brother in an Old Firm game.

Tom McAdam played for Celtic at the same time as Colin starred for Rangers.

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone, who played alongside Colin, said: "Colin was a great lad and a good friend and I am shocked at this tragic news.

"He always gave 100% on the pitch and was fearless.

"I am absolutely devastated by this news and my thoughts are with Colin's family."

It is understood Colin died after a heart attack.

Partick Thistle general manager, Ian Maxwell, added: "Many of the Thistle people I speak to always talked highly of Colin and I remember him being a very powerful and strong player who gave opposing centre halves a very tough afternoon.

"I was sad to hear of his passing at just 61 years of age. On top of the loss of Neil Duffy, it has not been a good summer in that regard."