SCOTTISH football is mourning the loss of one of the game's true giants. Rangers legend Jimmy Smith, who scored 381 goals during his time at Ibrox, passed away on Thursday aged 92.

Jimmy won nine league championship medals and collected a hat trick of Scottish cup medals with Rangers. But the man known as ''Joker'' made the grade only after little-known Falkirk side Denny Hibs decided he was not up to their standard and transferred him to Longriggend - for a fee believed to be between (pounds) 1 and (pounds) 2.

He was born in Bank Street, Slamannan, on September 24, 1911 and as a 14-year-old played alongside Matt Busby for Denny Hibs. Jimmy played a trial for Middlesbrough as a 15-year-old, but that came to nothing. He then signed for East Stirlingshire, where he played just 12 games before Rangers came calling in 1928. He is survived by a daughter, Elma Fleming.