25.01.2022 15:37 h

Feyenoord great Wim Jansen dies aged 75

Wim Jansen, who enjoyed a glittering playing career before managing Feyenoord and Celtic, has died at the age of 75, the Dutch club announced on Tuesday.

The Netherlands international, who had been living with dementia, won the European Cup as a player with Feyenoord and was on the losing side in two World Cup finals, in 1974 and 1978.

He later managed the Rotterdam giants, winning two Dutch cups, but the biggest achievement of his coaching career came in Glasgow.

In his one season in charge of Celtic, in 1997/98, Jansen helped the Hoops deny rivals Rangers a historic 10th consecutive Scottish league title.

"It is with great sadness that Feyenoord has learned of the death of club icon Wim Jansen," the club said in a statement.

"Wim Jansen is one of the greatest footballers to ever play for Feyenoord. He served the club as a youth player, youth, assistant and head coach, technical director and advisor and was part of the most successful Feyenoord teams of all time. Jansen passed away on Tuesday at the age of 75."

One of Jansen's first acts as Celtic boss was to sign Henrik Larsson from Feyenoord, who would go on to be one of the club's greatest-ever players.

"Everyone at Celtic Park was saddened to hear of the sad passing of former manager Wim Jansen this morning," Celtic said in a statement.

"All at Celtic Park offer their most sincere thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Wim Jansen."