THERE will be a minute’s applause before this afternoon’s kick-off against Aberdeen for former Celtic player Jim Brogan who passed away this week at the age of 74.

Hoops supporters will also pay tribute to former reserve player Graeme Morrison, 41, who also died.

Ex-Scotland international defender Brogan had been battling dementia for several years prior to his death.

His funeral will be held at 10 o’clock this morning at St Andrew’s Cathedral. It will be followed by a short service at Linn Crematorium.

Morrison passed away after losing his struggle against pancreatic cancer. The Falkirk-born centre-half, who joined on an ‘S’ form in 1991, was a regular in the youth and reserve sides between signing as a professional in 1994 and leaving to join Tampere in Finland in 1999.

A Celtic statement read: “There will be a minute’s applause before Saturday’s match against Aberdeen in tribute to former Celt Jim Brogan, who sadly passed away at the age of 74 in the early hours of Monday morning after a long battle against dementia.

“Jim played 341 times for Celtic, scoring nine goals and playing his part in winning 14 honours with the club during a 12-year period. He made his debut as far back as 1963, but it wasn’t until the 1968/69 season that he could be considered a first-team regular and he remained with the club until 1975.

“The minute’s applause will also mark the sad passing of former Celtic reserve player Graeme Morrison, who lost his battle with illness this week.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Park are with the families and friends of Jim Brogan and Graeme Morrison at this sad time.”

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