Scotland captain Andy Robertson and Motherwell are among those who have paid tribute to Ian St John after the legendary former Liverpool and ‘Well man passed away, aged 82.
The forward joined Motherwell as a teenager and helped form the Fir Park club’s famous ‘Ancell Babes’ group alongside Andy Weir, Willie Hunter, Pat Quinn and Sammy Reid under the guidance of Bobby Ancell. He was brought to Liverpool by Bill Shankly in 1961 for a what was a record-fee at the time.
St John won two First Division titles under Shankly in 1963-64 and 1965-66 and scored the winner in the 1965 FA Cup final. He also featured 26 times for Scotland before forging a hugely successful media career.
The Scottish Football Association have paid tribute, saying: “We are saddened by the passing of former international Ian St John. The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA are with Ian’s family and friends.”
Motherwell have released a statement, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ian St John. Aged 82, the Ancell Babe was a local boy who made waves at Fir Park and went on to great things after starting his career with the club. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Liverpool and Scotland’s Robertson has also paid tribute to the late legend: “A man of warmth, humour, knowledge, wisdom and joy. Scotland and Liverpool has lost a true giant. My love goes to his family. Rest in peace Ian St John.”