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THE Trinidad and Tobago midfielder arrived in Scotland in 1998 to sign for Alex McLeish at Hibs after several years in Portugal, including a spell at Porto under Bobby Robson.

An instant hit at Easter Road due to his mesmerising ball skills, Latapy played a key role in returning First Division Hibs to the top flight where he enjoyed further success. He became a pivotal figure in a rare period of derby dominance over Hearts – pulling the strings in a famous 6-2 win – as well as leading Hibs to third place in the league and a Scottish Cup final appearance in 2001.

Latapy was to play no part in the final, however, his Hibs career ended by a breach of discipline when he was charged with drunk driving after a late night incident in the company of good friend Dwight Yorke.

Latapy moved to Rangers and Dundee United but it was at Falkirk he enjoyed a lengthy swansong, becoming a highly popular player and latterly coach under John Hughes.