Hearts mourn death of former keeper Jim Cruickshank

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies and Scotland stopper Craig Gordon led the tributes for Jim Cruickshank, who has died aged 69.

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies and Scotland stopper Craig Gordon led the tributes for Jim Cruickshank, who has died aged 69.

In a 17-year career with Hearts, Cruickshank won six Scotland caps and is remembered fondly at Tynecastle for pulling off a treble save from Hibernian's Joe Davis in 1967 when he stopped a penalty and the two rebounds which followed.

Jefferies said on the club's official website: "This is another sad loss. Jim was the goalkeeper when I first signed for Hearts and he was a top goalie.

"He was a fantastic shot-stopper and was great at penalties. My thoughts go to his family at this sad time."

Gordon, who joined Sunderland from Hearts in August 2007, added: "It was upsetting to hear the news.

"People always talk about how Hearts has had a tradition of producing good goalkeepers and Jim Cruickshank was undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best keeper to play for the club."

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