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Kenny Dalglish

1 July 2011

Glaswegian Kenny Dalglish, one of the most successful players and managers in history of the game in these islands, is to receive the degree of Doctor of Science for services to soccer and charitable activity.

After beginning his professional career as a player with Glasgow Celtic, he subsequently carved out winning career with the Glasgow club, Liverpool FC and Scotland before going on to further triumphs as the manager of Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic and Newcastle United.

As a player, he won every domestic club honour a professional in England and Scotland could achieve, as well as winning three European Cups. In the 1980s as player-manager of Liverpool FC, he cemented his iconic status among supporters at Anfield by continuing the team’s remarkable domination of the English game as well as leading the club with great dignity through the Hillsborough stadium disaster which claimed 96 lives.

Following his resignation in 1991, he returned to the dugout as the manager of Blackburn Rovers helping them capture the 1994-95 Premier League title. After spells at Newcastle United and Celtic, he delighted many Liverpool fans by taking an ambassadorial role for the club in 2009. He took over as Liverpool's caretaker manager in January this year and in May signed a three-year deal to stay on as manager.

Capped 102 times by his country, Scotland’s prolific goal scorer has been a tireless fundraiser for cancer charities, working alongside his wife Marina to raise £5 million for a chemotherapy centre and a radiotherapy centre