Born: September 20, 1932;

Died: June 20, 2016

WILLIE Logie, who has died aged 83 after a long battle against Parkinson's disease, was a footballer who had his 15 minutes of fame during Rangers' first European Cup campaign 60 years ago.

However, the then 23-year-old left-half earned an unfortunate place in football history when, six minutes from the end of Rangers' European Cup, first round, second leg against Nice, he was sent off after his tackle on Nice's Argentinian forward Ruben Bravo started a mass brawl. Contemporary reports suggest Logie's tackle might have passed without comment in Scotland, but Bravo retaliated with his fist, other players dived in and, with the Italian referee (according to even The Herald's reporter) "losing it", the pair were sent off.

Logie immediately made his way to the dressing room; the Argentinian was more-reluctant. But order was restored, the French side won the game 2-1, to square the tie, before going on to eliminate Rangers 3-1 in a Paris replay, two weeks later.

The incident was the most notable episode in Logie's 23 first team games for Rangers and ensured his unfortunate place in football history as the first British player to be sent off in European competitions.

Born in Montreal, he was raised in the Riverside area of Stirling after the Logie family returned to Scotland. He left school to take up a joinery apprenticeship, while playing football at weekends.

While with Cambuslang Rangers, he was signed by Rangers, making his debut in a 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock, at Ibrox, in September, 1956. The following Saturday he played in his first Old Firm game, a 2-0 Rangers win, during which he hit the Celtic bar with one long-range dipping shot.

In all, he played 16 first-team games that season, mainly as one-third of a half-back line alongside two Rangers and Scotland legends, the great Ibrox captain George Young, and future Scotland manager Ian McColl. He had a sufficient number of appearances that season to earn him a League Championship medal at the end of it.

By then, however, his Rangers' career had peaked. He played 23 games in all competitions that season. Harold Davis came in to claim the number six shirt and Logie left Rangers.

It was not the end of his senior career, however - he joined Aberdeen in April, 1958, before playing out his career with Arbroath, Brechin City and finally, Alloa Athletic.

It was then, back "on the tools" as a joiner, spending many years working with the well-known firm of Rj McLeod, and, occasionally on-holiday, having to persuade people he was not, as they had thought, Sean Connery.

As a teenager, he had completed his national service with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, mainly in the far East, seeing service in Hong Kong and Singapore, and active service during the Korean War.

In 1954 he married childhood sweetheart Catherine, who pre-deceased him in 2013. They had two sons, Martin and Greig, who survive him, along with his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and his two sisters, Muriel and Marion.

The Logie family remember a happy, joking family man, a born story-teller and comedian who, until his illness made it impossible for him, liked pottering about in his garden. The football world remembers a young man who unfortunately for him made an unwanted piece of history.