Celtic legend Danny McGrain to unfurl Premiership flag at Parkhead
CELTIC Football Club today announced that Hoops legend Danny McGrain will unfurl the Scottish Premiership Flag on Saturday, August 4 when Celtic take on Livingston at Celtic Park on the opening day of the League season.
Danny McGrain is one of the greatest players to have worn the green and white Hoops and was the best full-back in the world during his 20 years with Celtic.
He signed for the club in 1967, and was one of the famous Quality Street Gang of young Celtic players coming through the ranks at the club, alongside the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Davie Hay, George Connelly and Lou Macari.
He made his first-team debut in a League Cup tie against Dundee United at Tannadice on August 26, 1970, the first of 663 appearances for the club – only three players have made more appearances for Celtic. Danny also scored eight goals during his career. He won seven league championship medals, five Scottish Cups, two League Cup winner’s medals and 62 caps for Scotland.
Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier said: “We were delighted to ask Danny to undertake this great honour at our opening League match on August 4th. He is a man who has been part of the club for so many years and someone who is very deserving of this great accolade.
“It is fitting that someone who delivered such success to the Club will be marking another season of such success and dominance for the club. We know what the club means to Danny and we know exactly he means to our supporters. We are sure he will be a very popular choice and I know our fans will enjoy seeing a true Celtic great, who has given us so much, open the season, with the club once again at the top of Scottish football.”
Danny McGrain said: “This is a wonderful honour for me and my family and I would like to thank the club for inviting me to unfurl the league flag before the game against Livingston.
“The day is all about the team of course, and their great achievement in winning the Premiership title last season, and it’s right that they should take centre-stage at Celtic Park along with the Celtic supporters. I congratulate the players, Brendan and our backroom team again for delivering such a memorable season last year and I am sure they will be doing everything they can to bring our fans even more success.
“The fans have always been brilliant to me since the day I joined the club, and I’m sure they will enjoy the Flag Day celebrations before the team kick off the campaign to win the title again this season.
“There are many great figures in Celtic’s history who would deserve to be invited to unfurl the flag, so I’m both honoured and humbled that the club has asked me to do so. It’s something that my family and I are looking forward to, although we’re all looking forward more to supporting the team and the Club in the season ahead.”