RANGERS Football Club is deeply saddened to announce former goalkeeper Billy Ritchie has passed away at the age of 79 after a short illness.

Signed from Bathgate Thistle in 1955, Billy made 369 appearances for Rangers and won two league titles, four Scottish cups and three League cups during his hugely successful spell at Ibrox.

Billy, who is inducted in the Club’s Hall of Fame, was part of the great Rangers Team of the sixties and an ever present the Clubs second Treble winning Team 1963/64. He also enjoyed one of his greatest games for the Light Blues in the 1961 Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-Final against Wolves at Molineux – which helped Rangers reach the Final.

He played his final match against Aberdeen in season 1966/67 before moving to Partick Thistle, Motherwell and Stranraer.

Everyone at Rangers sends their sincere condolences to Billy’s Wife Margaret and his family and friends at this difficult time.

As a mark of respect, a minute’s silence will be observed prior to tonight’s game against Morton at Ibrox.

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