Former Hearts striker Liddell dies aged 60

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FORMER Hearts player Garry Liddell has died, the club has announced. He was 60.

The striker, who made 29 competitive appearances for the Tynecastle club, passed away with his family around him at Strathcarron Hospice in Falkirk. Born in Stirling, Liddell trained at Hearts as a teenager before signing as an apprentice for Leeds United.

He played six times for the Elland Road club before joining Grimsby Town for a fee of £15,000 in March 1977.

After suffering relegation in his first season, Liddel helped Grimsby win promotion in each of the following two seasons and, during his four-year spell at Blundell Park, which was interrupted by two broken legs, he scored 22 goals in 105 matches before signing for Hearts in February 1981.

His arrival, as at Grimsby, was too late to save the club from being relegated from the Premier Division.

Having scored eight times in 37 matches, he joined Doncaster Rovers, managed by Billy Bremner, in March 1982 before retiring due to a neck injury in 1983.