Kenny Dalglish: I couldn’t have picked two better sides to play for

The two cities have a lot in common; the love of football, the clubs in the city and the rivalry, says the Celtic and Liverpool legend and former European Footballer of the year.

Matthew Crist

Kenny Dalglish has spoken openly about how fortunate he considers himself to have played for two of the most successful club sides in Britain during his illustrious career.

Dalglish, who was recently announced as FansBet’s new Giving Back Ambassador made 322 appearances for Celtic over nine seasons with the club before heading to Anfield in 1977.

“You’re fortunate to be given the opportunity to play for both clubs,” Said the former European Footballer of the Year, who joined Celtic in 1967 at the age of just 16 shortly after the club had become the first British side to win the European Cup.

“As a wee boy growing up in Glasgow, to play at Celtic Park, for the club that had just won the European Cup in ’67, the first British club to do so, I was pretty nervous, even going to training.

“But once I got inside the stadium, the players were fantastic, they were really welcoming, supportive, helpful, giving advice and encouragement, so to go there and play was a fantastic experience for me.”


During his time with the Hoops, Dalglish won four Scottish First Division titles, four Scottish Cup Cups and one Scottish League Cup.

He eventually left Parkhead in 1977, signing for Liverpool as a replacement for the outgoing Kevin Keegan and would play more than 500 games for the Reds, finding the net 169 times.

“At the age of 26, I moved to Liverpool and, for me, I couldn’t have picked two better sides to play for.

“They were the most successful clubs in the period of time that I was there, but not because of me, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and two cities that mean an awful lot to the respective cities.”

As a member of one of the greatest sides in Liverpool’s history, he won no fewer than 14 major trophies, an impressive haul that boasts six league titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and the FA Cup.

“The two cities have a lot in common,” he explains. “The love of football, the clubs in the city, Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow, Everton and Liverpool here, the rivalry, it’s brilliant, for me it was just fortunate where I played and  I’m grateful to both clubs.”

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