SCOTLAND and British & Irish Lions rugby star Ken Scotland has died at the age of 86.
Tributes have poured in for Ken Scotland[/caption]
Scotland went on to claim 27 caps across an eight-year career for his country.
And Scotland rugby legend Andy Irvine paid tribute to him by telling BBC Sport: “Ken was undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever to grace the rugby field and was one of the nicest chaps you could ever meet.
“As a schoolboy at George Heriot’s, he was my ultimate hero and when I played senior rugby in the FP side, I was so fortunate to receive personal coaching on full-back play from Ken.
“He had a brilliant rugby brain and such a lovely manner in how he would explain his thoughts and ideas to assist players.
“Not only a great player but equally great coach.”
And Scottish Rugby were quick to pay tribute to him on social media.
They said: “Scottish Rugby is immensely saddened to learn of the death of the former Scotland and @lionsofficial full-back Ken Scotland this weekend. He was 86.”
Fans poured in with messages following Scotland’s passing.
One said: “My Dad says he’s the best he ever watched, and that’s good enough for me.
“Chatted to Ken a few years back for my Heriot’s book and he was sharp as a tack and as passionate about rugby as ever before. RIP to a great.”
While another added: “A lovely man indeed. RIP Ken.”
And a third said: “Rest in Peace Scotland .”
As well as his rugby career, Scotland also represented his country at cricket in 1958.
Scotland was one of the first players inducted into Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame.