TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Albion Rovers player who has died.

John Dillon played for the club from 1964 to 1969 making 145 appearances and scoring 38 goals. 

The Coatbridge-side called the former footballer a club legend. They provided no further details surrounding his death. It is understood that he was 76-years-old. 

In a statement, Albion Rovers said: "Everyone at Albion Rovers are saddened to hear of the passing of a true Rovers legend John Dillon.

"John played for the club between 1964 to 1969 appearing 145 times scoring 38 goals.

"We would like to pass on our condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time."

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Tributes poured in on social media following the announcement.

One post said: "Got to know John on his recent visits to the club. A real character. Charming and knowledgeable about Scottish Football. Was looking forward to meeting him at the club dinner. His passing was so unexpected.
RIP John."

Another added: "John was a gentleman he was before my time as a player but he came to games as a supporter too. My thoughts and prayers to his family, RIP John."