Rangers hero Ally McCoist met his former rival Frank McGarvey for tea when he hired the late Celtic star to work at his HOUSE.
Since then, the football world has never failed to pay tribute, with Celtic wearing black armbands at today’s Old Firm match in his honour.
A moment of silence was also held in respect for the victims of the Ibrox disaster on the 52nd anniversary, although a small number of fans thwarted the tribute.
In addition to being a Celtic, St Mirren, Liverpool and Clyde star, McGarvey was also a carpenter.
And McCoist recalled how they caught up a couple of years ago when a former Rangers star asked him to do a job at his house.
Speaking to former Celtic star Andy Walker before the match, he said: Sky Sport: “Absolutely, Andy, obviously, condolences to Frank’s family – it goes without saying.
“And it is clear that all thoughts are clearly connected with the tragedy that happened here 52 years ago.
“But Frank was a damn good man. Unfortunately, from my point of view, my first memory is that he scored the winning goal in the first league match I played in Celtic Park.
“It blew me away!
“He was damn good off the pitch, Andy is a great person.
“A few years ago he was at my house, helping me with a little housework, and we drank tea, mooed and chewed fat for what seemed like a long time.
“Frank could play, there is no doubt about that.
“Obviously he was a big Celtic man and that was what his heart was for.
“I know he played for St Mirren and Liverpool but this is a very sad loss and I think of his family.”
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