Rest in peace Jim McLean – An icon of Scottish Football

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I was lucky enough to speak to Kevin Gallacher this year. YOU CAN LISTEN TO OUR FULL CHAT HERE.

Kevin has had a wonderful career in football in the Premier League in England and for the Scotland National Team.

Arguably though, he talks most highly of his time at Dundee United under the tough taskmaster and genius Jim McLean.

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I am 25 years old. I’ve watched many hours of archive footage of McLean’s life in football and may the great man rest in peace. However, I am not qualified to sum up the greatness of the man.

His legacy and his impact on the Scottish game is best summed up by Kevin who worked with Jim first hand.

“Under Jim McLean , we won the Premier League, the League Cup and reached the semi-final of the 1984 European Cup and the UEFA Cup final in 1987.

“During that time we were beating all sorts of top European sides Monaco, Borussia Monchengladbach, PSV Eindhoven and, of course, Barcelona.

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“To get paired with Barca in the draw was incredible with Terry Venables the manager and Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker in their side.

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“They were were a massive name all over the world end in typical fashion Jim described the tie as being a contest between a corner shop and a supermarket. We won the games at home and away!

“Tactically he always got it spot on and we were as fit and as well prepared as we could be.

“The spirit in the team was first class which isn’t easy to create but he helped foster that.

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“Everyone knows what Sir Alex Ferguson went on to do with Manchester United.

“Jim had chances to move on too, in Scotland and down south.

Had he done so, I don’t doubt he would have been a success because we know the passion and drive he had.

His achievements will never be forgotten and neither will the great man himself. Rest in peace Jim McLean. One of Scottish football’s greatest ever managers and characters.

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Published by Callum McFadden

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