TRIBUTES have been paid to Hibernian’s first ever foreign player Gerry Baker, who has died at the age of 75.
The striker scored 43 goals in 83 games for the Easter Road side between 1961 and 1963, and was the older brother of Hibs legend Joe Baker, who netted 159 times for the club.
He had attended Lawrie Reilly’s funeral earlier this month.
A club spokesman said: “Everybody at Hibernian was saddened to learn our former striker, Gerry Baker has passed away.
“His association with Hibernian may have been brief, but he was our first ‘foreign’ player and he left a lasting impression at Easter Road. Once a Hibee, always a Hibee and there will always be a special place for the Baker brothers in Hibernian folklore.”
Lifelong Hibs fan Irvine Welsh tweeted upon hearing of his passing: “Sad to hear of the death of Hibs and United States of America international striker Gerry Baker.”