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  • Liverpool name stand in tribute to Kenny Dalglish

    Liverpool name stand in tribute to Kenny Dalglish

    By: Newsroom Staff on 13 Oct, 2017 09:29

  • THIS Saturday, Liverpool will officially unveil the Kenny Dalglish Stand at Anfield ahead of their game against Manchester United, and everyone at Celtic would like to pass on our congratulations to Kenny on this wonderful and well-deserved honour.

    Kenny is, of course, a Celtic legend as well as a Liverpool one. He was one of the famous Quality Street Gang of talented young players who came through the ranks at the club in the seasons following our European Cup triumph in 1967, and over the 10 years he was at Celtic, he was an integral part of the club’s many successes and a hero to our supporters.

    His departure to Liverpool in 1977, therefore, was a devastating one for Celtic fans, though as Kenny continued to show his world-class ability in the red of Liverpool, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone who had seen him in the green and white Hoops, while his 102 caps for Scotland speak volumes for his ability on the international stage.

    He helped Liverpool dominate English and European football in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, and cemented his place in the affections of the Liverpool support, something that was only strengthened when he became manager.

    As well as delivering further success to Anfield, Kenny was a vital figure for the club and its supporters during its darkest moment, following the terrible tragedy of Hillsborough in 1989. His compassion and dignity throughout that time, and the way he led the club, says everything about Kenny as a man and ensured his place in the hearts of every Liverpool supporter.

    For any club to name a stand after anyone is a rare occurrence and it is an indication of their standing in the club’s history. Here at Celtic, the Jock Stein Stand is named in honour of our greatest ever manager, while the Lisbon Lions Stand similarly acknowledges his legendary team which won the European Cup in 1967.

    So for Liverpool to name one of their stands in honour of Kenny Dalglish is an acknowledgement of his place in their history.

    This Saturday will be a special day for Kenny, his wife Marina, and all the Dalglish family, though we’re sure that Kenny’s greatest wish will be for a Liverpool victory over Manchester United.

    Congratulations from everyone at Celtic Football Club to Kenny on this great honour. Our two clubs share many links, not least the fact we both count Kenny Dalglish as one of our legends, and in the words of our shared anthem, you’ll never walk alone, Kenny.

    Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kenny on this fantastic honour. Kenny is held in the highest esteem not only by Liverpool FC and its supporters but football as a whole. He truly is a living legend and I’m sure it will be an incredibly proud and emotional day for him, Marina and his family on Saturday.”

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