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Scottish legend Bobby Collins has sadly died aged aged 82.

Collins became known for his short stature which earned him the nickname Wee Barra at Celtic.

Collins became Everton's most expensive signing - something current Chairman Bill Kenwright says transformed the club.

On a statement on Everton's website Kenwright said: "I am extremely saddened to hear of the death of one of my idols, Bobby Collins....Bobby was very much a part of Everton's life and helped transform the club from the minute he arrived at Goodison Park in 1958"

Collins then moved on to Leeds where became pivotal in the Don Revie era at Elland Road appearing 167 times for the mighty whites, teammate and fellow Leeds legend Eddie Grey spoke in an interview last night of his admiration for the midfielder

"In my opinion, Bobby Collins was probably the most influential player in the history of Leeds United," he said.

Collins was a leader in the Leeds team as he lead them from League Two to the heights of Europe.

After his playing career, Collins stuck around football coaching at various levels until in 2002 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Speaking in 2008, his wife, Betty, said: “One thing he hasn’t lost is his football skill. If you kick a ball towards him he can still do a lovely little back heel.”

Collins will be sadly missed across the footballing world an his legacy will live on at all the clubs he graced.

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