A look back at Sandy Jardine's career as he faces up to biggest challenge

Sandy Jardine: Rangers legend has been diagnosed with cancer.
Sandy Jardine: Rangers and Hearts legend has been diagnosed with cancer.SNS

Football fans, players and clubs have all offered messages of support to Rangers, Scotland and Hearts legend Sandy Jardine after it emerged he is suffering from liver cancer.

The 63-year-old confirmed he had the condition at the weekend and First Minister Alex Salmond and former Celtic star John Hartson, who has fought his own battle against cancer, were among the first to wish him well.

Jardine played more than 500 games for Rangers during a 17-year spell at the club between 1965 to 1982, winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1972.

The defender later spent six years at Hearts before going on to manage the Edinburgh club.

Jardine won 38 caps for Scotland during his career, including all three matches in the 1974 World Cup finals.

In recent months, he has been at the front of fan protests during a tumultuous period for Rangers. The right-back led a march to Hampden stadium in April after the SFA imposed a transfer ban on the club.

Here, we look back at some of the moments in Jardine's illustrious career.

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Sandy Jardine in action for Rangers.

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Sandy Jardine (centre with trophy) with other members of the 1972 UEFA Cup Winners Cup team.

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Hibs' Paul Kane (left) is shadowed by Sandy Jardine during Hearts' 2-1 over Hibs on August 25, 1984.

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Rangers legends Charlie Miller (left), Sandy Jardine and Willie Henderson (right) are pictured earlier this month promoting the club's 140th Anniversary celebration match against Stirling Albion.

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Scotland captain Sandy Jardine (centre) introduces team mate Arthur Duncan (right) to British Policitian Denis Howell in season 1974/75.

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Sandy Jardine in action for Hearts.

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Rangers legend Sandy Jardine makes his way up the Hampden steps as he leads Rangers fans in protest against the SFA in April, 2012

Football players, clubs and fans from around Scotland have posted messages of support for Jardine on social media site Twitter.

Rangers fan and comedian Andy Cameron said:

Celtic’s teenage striker Tony Watt wrote:

Rangers fan Dougie Low commented:

Another Rangers fan, Gordon Martin, said:

Celtic FC said:

Former Rangers player Maurice Edu said:

And Scotland midfielder and former Rangers player Charlie Adam posted:

The former defender has thanked everyone for their support.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone for their best wishes and kind support.

“As you can appreciate this is a difficult time for me and my family and I ask that you respect our privacy.”

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