Ton legend, 41, is found dead in flat

Published: 27 Jul 2006 09:00

FORMER Morton captain John Boag has been found dead in his home, aged just 41. Neighbours said the ex-football star had not been seen for several weeks before the grim discovery. Police will carry out a post mortem on Friday but a spokesman said they had no reason to believe his death was suspicious. A neighbour of Mr Boag's said: `He only lived here about a year but was always friendly. I hadn't seen him in two or three weeks. I'm very sorry to hear that he's died.` Dad of five Boag was found at his flat in Port Glasgow's Bouverie Street. Boag - nicknamed Psycho in his playing days - was a fans' favourite and tributes have flooded in today. Former Morton boss Allan McGraw said: `He was a big hard man on the field, but he was a decent big lad off it. I always felt he was a troubled soul, and he got sent off a few times. `Basically, he was a devil on the park and an angel off it. He was very quiet in the dressing room, and he never caused me any problems. `I feel terrible about what's happened. It's so sad - the fans will always remember him as he was a big favourite of theirs. He never gave up and they loved him for that.` Morton chairman Douglas Rae said: `Big Bad John, as he was known, was a very stout-hearted player, and he was a bulwark in the centre of Morton's defence. `He was very quiet off the pitch, but he was well known for having words with referees and refereeing bodies. `He always gave it 100 per cent all the time. If you were trying to get past him on the pitch, you would know all about it.` Current Morton manager Jim McInally added: `It's really sad to hear he's died. It's sad when anybody you've played football against dies, but to die so young is terrible. He's ages with me and I remember playing against him when I was with Dundee United and he was at Morton.` John Gisbey, of the Morton Supporter's Club, said: `He was a great big guy. I had a drink with him in company six months ago. He was very modest, but he loved talking about the old times.` Boag, who was born and raised in Port Glasgow, was found at 4pm on Monday. He came to Cappielow from Aberdeen FC aged just 19 and firmly established himself in the side over the next nine years. Morton officials today said they have yet to decide how they will mark the player's death.

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