TOUCHING tributes have started to pour in for Celtic legend Jim brogan who has died following a battle with dementia.

As reported exclusively by the Evening Times, the 74-year-old passed away early this morning at Moffat Street Nursing home in Glasgow.

Shocked football fans have shared touching messages and extended their condolences to the ex-left back’s family.

Jack Macguire wrote: “RIP Jim Brogan. A great competitor and European Cup finalist. Prayers go out to him, his family and friends.”

Another fan said: “RIP  hero Jim Brogan. One of the hardest toughest Celtic defenders ever. Took an ‘Italian’ approach to defending. Made BOBO look like a pussy cat. My late mammy worked for Brogie in his pub the Star-Bar at Eglinton Toll.”

“RIP Jim Brogan, played in my very first Celtic match 1972 v Morton,” said one fan.

Glen Kilcullen said: “God bless Jim Brogan. Remember back in the day chanting, ‘Brogie’s gonna get ye’. RIP Jim.”

Evening Times football editor Neil Cameron also reminisced: “Sad news about Jim Brogan who I once had the honour of playing five asides with. He was in his fifties and still brilliant and, yes, he did kick me. And played a completely different game.”

The Evening Times has contacted Celtic Football Club for comment.