Jimmy Gabriel has passed away at the age of 80 as Dundee and Everton send messages to their former player.

Gabriel started his career at Dundee in the 1950s and played for the Dens Park club over four years until 1960, moving on to have a prominent spell with Everton. He was also capped by Scotland as a player, both cinch Premiership and English Premier League clubs paying tribute to Gabriel.

Tributes have been paid to Jimmy Gabriel.

Tributes have been paid to Jimmy Gabriel. (Photo by Sayle/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Dundee’s statement reads: “Everyone at Dundee Football Club is deeply saddened to hear that our former player Jimmy Gabriel has passed away. Jimmy made 67 appearances for the club between 1956 and 1960. Our thoughts are with Jimmy’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright adds: “Footballers come and go at clubs… but at Everton we have many who seem to have been there forever… Jimmy Gabriel was one of those. Always a Blue, he told me… and always a legend to those lucky enough to have witnessed his dedication and commitment to the blue shirt…”

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