Dundee United confirm Jim McLean tributes for Celtic clash

By David Walton

December 29, 2020

Dundee United have confirmed the details of tomorrow’s tributes for Jim McLean at Celtic Park.

McLean, one of Scottish football’s most legendary figures and Utd’s greatest ever manager, sadly passed away over the weekend.

A tribute for the iconic McLean was always a given. The Arabs have therefore confirmed that their players will be wearing black armbands to remember their ex-gaffer.

As well as that, there will be a minute’s silence before the match to remember Jim. In addition to that, United are working to set up an online condolence book for everyone to pay their respects as soon as possible.

United will continue the tributes at their next home game against St Johnstone and beyond.

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McLean is anything but just another former Scottish football manager. He was and remains an absolute titan figure of the game here.

His achievements at Tannadice are legendary. Even that word feels like it doesn’t do him justice. It’s vital to remember that McLean integrated a policy to produce as many top young players as possible when he becomes manager back in 1971.

It took several years for United to see the fruit of that. However, when they did, McLean shot to iconic status. He secured the club’s only ever title-win to date with a monumental success in 1983. Not to mention he incredibly managed to take United to the European Cup semi-finals in ’84. Three years later he was reaching the UEFA Cup final – knocking out Barcelona along the way.

Dundee United legend Jim McLean with Alex Ferguson (Photo by Sunday Mail/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

McLean would be manager of United for 22 years before leaving in 1993. From ’75 onwards under him, quite astonishingly, United never finished below fifth place. Their spot in the top half of Scottish football was constant.

But we could be here all day talking about everything McLean achieved in Tayside. It’s such a tragedy to see such an iconic figure leave us.

In truth, it’s an honour for Celtic to be able to welcome United in their first game since McLean’s passing. It’s just a pity there won’t be fans in the stadium to remember the legendary manager. United’s condolence book, however, will give everyone an opportunity to pay their respects.


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