Heart of Midlothian Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tynecastle legend Sandy Jardine.
The 65-year-old passed away this evening after a brave battle against illness.
A defender of outstanding ability during his time in Gorgie, Sandy was also co-manager alongside Alex MacDonald from November 1986 to November 1988 as the pair helped revitalise the fortunes of the Edinburgh club, indeed coming within minutes of leading Hearts to league championship glory.
Sandy made his debut for the Jambos in 1982 and went on to play more than 200 competitive matches in maroon.
Such was his form in a Hearts jersey, that he was voted Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year in 1986 at the age of 37.
He hung up his boots in 1987 before his departure from the club the following year.
The football club would like to extend its sincere condolences to Sandy's family at this extremely sad time.
Managing Director David Southern said: "Everyone at the club from the players, management and staff through to the supporters will feel the loss of Sandy.
"He will always be fondly remembered for being such an influential player and important part of the club's management team.
"Sandy was a true gentleman and never lost his passion for Hearts despite his close association with Rangers.
"We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at such a tragic time."