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Why Kenny Why?

10 January 2022

Kenny Dalglish, August 1977.

Undeniably the best player of the day, life looked good for Kenny and Celtic in 1977 after a League and Cup Double, the hope even being expressed that another assault on Europe might take place soon.


But Kenny’s head was turned, there was clearly some sort of personality clash between himself and Jock Stein (however much mutual affection and admiration was expressed in public) and one must never under-estimate the problems in Glasgow of a boy from a Rangers background playing for and being such a star for Celtic.

A fight was picked about a tour of Australia, Kenny did not go, and when the team came back from a successful trip, Liverpool, who had just lost Kevin Keegan to Germany, saw Dalglish as the replacement.

The transfer was completed with devastating suddenness, Celtic’s season collapsed before it began, Stein began to show all the signs of a man suffering from depression – and his mood was mirrored in us all.

The incredulous Rangers won a treble, and Celtic’s resist- ance was feeble. The truth of this transfer had yet to be told – but no-one will do so. Most of the participants are now dead, except Kenny himself. Why, Kenny, why?


Born in 1948, David Potter first saw Celtic at Dens Park, Dundee in March 29. It was a 3-5 defeat, which equipped him admirably for the horrors of the early 1960’s. He had “followed” Celtic for a few years before that and recalls having been called upon to impersonate Jock Stein and receive the family silver teapot which had to do for the Scottish Cup as it was presented on April 24 1954, after he and his father had spent a nerve wracking afternoon listening to the radio! 

Since then, he has “followed” every Celtic game with bated breath, and has written extensively about the club in magazines and books. His favorite team was that of 1969 (which he rates marginally better than 1967) and his favorite player was Henrik Larsson.His ambition for Celtic is for them to keep on winning silver in Scotland and to be something in Europe once again. His other interests are cricket and drama.

He is 70, a retired teacher of Classical Languages, married with three children and five grandchildren. He now travels on the Joseph Rafferty bus from Kirkcaldy. He also loves Forfar Athletic.