48 Facts About Danny McGrain


Danny McGrain began his career at Celtic and was one of the "Quality Street Gang", a group of young players that emerged in the late 1960s.


Danny McGrain progressed to the first team and went on to play 659 competitive games for Celtic between 1970 and 1987, winning seven League Championships, five Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.


Danny McGrain spent his final season of his career with Hamilton, where he helped win them promotion to the Premier Division.


Danny McGrain played in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups for Scotland.


At first, Danny McGrain was regarded as a midfielder but was utilised in a variety of roles in the reserve side before becoming established as a right-back.


Danny McGrain had a spell at Junior club Maryhill to gain experience playing with adults, and made a fruitless attempt at a college course in engineering prior to becoming a full-time professional.


Danny McGrain then went on and made his league debut three days later in the opening fixture against Morton at Celtic Park.


Danny McGrain was used sparingly by manager Jock Stein in his first couple of seasons in the first team, but the young full-back played well in these games.


Danny McGrain sustained a fractured skull during a match at Brockville against Falkirk after a clash of heads with forward Doug Somner.


Danny McGrain now became a first-team regular and made 30 league appearances that season.


Danny McGrain rose through the ranks at international level, making two appearances for the Scotland Under 23 side in the spring of 1973, before finally making his debut at full international level for Scotland in May 1973 against Wales at Wrexham.


Danny McGrain picked up his first winner's medal at the end of the season when Celtic clinched their eighth successive league championship title.


Danny McGrain played as what is known today as an attacking full-back and contributed significantly in both attacking moves as well as in defence.


Danny McGrain's abilities included a burst of speed, skill and control on the ball, vision and anticipation and, when required, a strong but fair sliding tackle.


Danny McGrain won a further league championship title and a Scottish Cup in 1974 and played in the World Cup for Scotland that same year.


However, Danny McGrain was diagnosed with diabetes immediately after the World Cup, but with the benefit of medication and a controlled diet and lifestyle, continued to play without adverse effect.


In 1977, Danny McGrain won his second league and cup double.


Danny McGrain was voted Player of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association.


Danny McGrain eventually recovered from his mystery foot injury and after a tentative re-introduction into the Celtic team, now managed by Billy McNeill, played in the club's last 18 league fixtures of the season in the spring of 1979.


Danny McGrain continued to be a mainstay of the Celtic side during the early to mid 1980s; captaining them to a further three league championships, two Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup, despite suffering a broken leg in 1981.


Danny McGrain remained at Celtic for a further year; playing regularly at the age of 36: he missed only two games in the second half of the season.


Danny McGrain played his final game for Celtic on 9 May 1987, a league fixture away against Hearts.


In May 1987, Danny McGrain was given a free transfer by Celtic.


Danny McGrain joined Hamilton Accies in the summer and helped them win promotion to the Premier Division before finally retiring from playing.


Danny McGrain won a further two caps over the following week in Home Championship ties against Northern Ireland and England.


The game against England saw Danny McGrain fielded in an unfamiliar role at left-back to accommodate another highly rated right-back, Sandy Jardine of Rangers.


Danny McGrain would go on to play at left-back for many of his Scotland appearances in the 1970s in order to accommodate the Rangers player, still able to play to the abilities he displayed in his normal role.


Danny McGrain played in eight consecutive internationals for Scotland and was selected by Willie Ormond for the 22 man squad travelling to West Germany for the 1974 World Cup.


Danny McGrain played in all three World Cup group matches, but despite being undefeated Scotland returned home having failed to qualify for the next phase.


On his return to Glasgow, Danny McGrain was diagnosed as being diabetic.


Danny McGrain continued to play regularly for Scotland, now being fielded in his more familiar position at right-back, but missed Scotland's ill-fated 1978 World Cup campaign in Argentina through injury.


On his recovery from injury in 1979, Danny McGrain regained his place in the Scotland team.


Danny McGrain made 16 consecutive international appearances in the run up to the 1982 World Cup in Spain.


Now captain of the side, Danny McGrain was named in Jock Stein's 22 man squad travelling to Spain.


Danny McGrain played in Scotland's opening game against New Zealand but was dropped for the next match against Brazil.


Danny McGrain came on as a substitute for Gordon Strachan in Scotland's third game, against the Soviet Union.


Danny McGrain is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour, courtesy of the 62 caps he won during his career.


In November 1992 Danny McGrain was appointed manager of Scottish Second Division side Arbroath.


Danny McGrain is married to Laraine, and the couple have three daughters.


Danny McGrain's younger brother Tommy was a footballer who trained with Celtic as a teenager, but he did not break through to the first team and subsequently played for Dumbarton.


Danny McGrain wrote two autobiographies, one when his career was at its peak and another shortly after he retired.


In March 2002 Danny McGrain was found by police in the south side of Glasgow, slumped unconscious in the driver's seat of his car.


Danny McGrain had entered a hypoglycaemic state, where the brain is drained of sugar and causes the body to shut down to conserve what little there is left.


The officers revived Danny McGrain and fed him a sugary sweet.


Danny McGrain was an inaugural inductee to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2004,.


Danny McGrain is the vice patron of Football Aid, a Scottish charity fund-raising organisation.


Danny McGrain has been involved with them since their inception in 2000, and was appointed vice patron in 2004.


Danny McGrain appeared on television with the group as part of the promotional activities.