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Former Spurs striker Alan Gilzean passes away aged 79

Alan Gilzean represented Scotland 22 times scoring 12 goals. Credit: PA

Former Tottenham and Scotland striker Alan Gilzean has died at the age of 79.

Dundee, where he began his career, wrote on their official Twitter account that Gilzean died on Sunday morning having recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The club's tweet read: "Everyone at Dundee Football Club are devastated to learn that club legend Alan Gilzean passed away this morning after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Alan's family and friends at this difficult time."

Gilzean left Dundee for Spurs in 1964 and in a decade at White Hart Lane helped the club win the FA Cup, two League Cups and the 1972 UEFA Cup.

He made his Scotland debut in 1963 and represented his country on 22 occasions, scoring 12 goals.

Spurs tweeted: "Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our legendary former striker Alan Gilzean. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Gilzean formed a successful strike partnership with Jimmy Greaves during his time at White Hart Lane, until the latter's move to West Ham in 1970.

A tweet from the official Jimmy Greaves account read: "Heartbreaking news today. The great Alan Gilzean passed away this morning. Sympathy to his family. He was a lovely man and obviously one of the all-time Spurs greats."

Gilzean also won the 1961/62 Scottish league title with Dundee and helped them reach the semi-finals of the European Cup in the following season, scoring in a 1-0 home win over AC Milan, although the Italians went through 5-2 on aggregate.

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