A prolific goalscorer, Dixie Deans left Neilston Juniors in 1965 to sign for Motherwell where he made 152 appearances and scored 78 goals over 6 seasons.
He then caught the eye of Jock Stein and signed for Celtic in a £17,500 deal in 1971 scoring 132 goals in 184 games for the club. He scored six in one game against Partick Thistle and he is also the only player in Scottish football history to twice score a hat trick in a major cup final, achieving the feat in the 1971-72 Scottish Cup final and the 1974-75 League Cup final, both against Hibernian.
Dixie played in the semi final of the 1971-72 European Cup, where Celtic drew 0-0 with Inter Milan. In the subsequent penalty shoot out, Dixie missed the penalty which gave Inter a 5-4 win.
Dixie earned two caps for Scotland, appearing in a 3-0 win at Hampden over East Germany and a 2-1 defeat by Spain in a European Championship qualifier. He was to later move to Luton Town, Carlisle United and League of Ireland side Shelbourne before moving to Australia to play for Adelaide City.