Peter Lorimer made 21 international appearances for Scotland. (Wikipedia Photo)

Former Scottish international midfielder Peter Lorimer, a record-setting player for Leeds United who played five seasons in the North American Soccer League, has died.

He passed away Saturday after a long illness at 74.

“Peter’s contribution to Leeds United will never be forgotten and his passing leaves another huge hole in the Leeds United family,” Leeds said in a statement.

“He will always remain a club icon and his legacy at Elland Road will live on. Our thoughts are naturally with Peter’s wife Sue and the rest of his family at this difficult time.”

Lorimer, nicknamed “Hot Shot” and “Lasher” because of his powerful strike on the ball, tallied 238 goals in 705 games in all competitions during two spells at Leeds United. He played for the English club from 1962-79 and again from 1983-86. When he made his Leeds United, he was 15 years and 289 days, which is still the club’s record for the youngest player on the pitch.

Born in Dundee, Scotland Dec. 14, 1946, the attacking midfielder made 21 international appearances for the Scots, connecting for four goals. Lorimer also played in all of the squad’s matches at the 1974 World Cup.

He also performed in the original NASL, scoring 11 times in 47 appearances for the Toronto Blizzard in the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

Lorimer helped Leeds reach the old English first division during the 1968-69 and 1973-74 seasons. The club captured the F.A. Cup in 1971-72 and the Football League Cup in 1967-68 and the FA Charity Shield in 1969. Leeds also finished as runners-up in the 1972-73 European Cup Winners Cup and 1974-75 European Cup.

He also was the 1970-71 Leeds United player of the year.

Lorimer also played with Cape Town City, York City, UCD, Whitby Town and Hapoel Haifa, retiring from the latter in 1986.