MORTON have paid tribute following the death of former player Billy McDerment.

Billy, who passed away recently at the age of 78, came to Cappielow following a successful spell in English football.

His career began with Johnstone Burgh and he was capped for Scotland amateurs against England in March 1961 whilst with them.

He moved to Leicester City at the age of 18 and made 30 appearances there in six years.

Billy then signed with Luton Town in 1967 and helped them to a league title during a two year stint.

After a short spell with Notts County, he joined Morton, then in the top flight, in 1969, and played 55 times for the club in just over two seasons.

A highlight of his time in Greenock was featuring in Texaco Cup ties against West Bromwich Albion, Wolves and Huddersfield Town, before moving on to local rivals St Mirren in December 1971, then finishing his career with Beith.

A spokesperson for Morton said: "Our thoughts go to Billy’s family and friends at this very sad time."