Focus On; Kenny Dalglish

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Kenny Dalglish signed a professional contract with Celtic in May 1967. Dalglish was first loaned out to Cumbernauld United, for whom he scored 37 goals. Dalglish made his first-team competitive debut for Celtic in a Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie against Hamilton Academical on 25 September 1968, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4–2 win.

Jock Stein put Dalglish in the starting XI for the first team in a league match against Raith Rovers on 4 October 1969. Celtic won 7–1 but Dalglish didn’t score, nor did he score in the next three first-team games he played in during the 1969–70 season.

The 1971–72 season saw Dalglish finally establish himself in the Celtic first team. He scored his first competitive goal for the first team on 14 August 1971, Celtic’s second goal with a penalty kick in a 2–0 win over Rangers at Ibrox Stadium. In 1972–73 Dalglish was Celtic’s leading scorer, with 39 goals in all competitions, and the club won the league championship once again. Celtic won a league and cup double in 1973–74 and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. The ties against Atlético Madrid were acrimonious, and Dalglish described the first leg in Glasgow where the Spanish side had three players sent off as “without doubt the worst game I have ever played in as far as violence is concerned.”[15] Dalglish won a further Scottish Cup winner’s medal in 1975.

Dalglish was made Celtic captain in the 1975–76 season, during which the club failed to win a trophy for the first time in 12 years. Jock Stein had been badly injured in a car crash and missed most of that season while recovering from his injuries. Celtic won another league and cup double in 1976–77, with Dalglish scoring 27 goals in all competitions.


  • Full Name: Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 04.03.1951
  • Birthplace: Glasgow
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Caps: 103
  • Goals: 30
  • Club Career: Celtic
  • Period: 1969-1977
    • League Games, 204
    • League Goals, 111
    • Previous Club: –
      • Transfer Fee: –
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