LEGENDARY Celtic and Liverpool player ‘King Kenny’ Dalglish is a hero in his native Glasgow.

He was born in Dalmarnock in the east end, of the city, where he learned to play football kicking about on the streets with his pals.

A prolific goal scorer, he is most famous for his successes in the 1970s and 1980s with Celtic and with Liverpool, and he has often been described as the greatest British player of his generation.

He signed for Celtic at the age of 16 and would go onto win four Scottish First Division titles, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup with the club.

His 112 goals in 204 matches earned him the title of bona fide Scottish footballing legend.

Dalglish moved to Liverpool in 1977, for a then record £440,000 transfer fee, to replace Kevin Keegan.

In his first season, he scored the winning goal in the European Cup final.

The Scottish international striker had become a star of English football and he went on to become a legend in Liverpool, winning three European Cups and six league titles with the club.

As a manager he performed the rare feat of winning top-flight league championship titles with two different clubs, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers.

He was knighted for services to football, charity and the city of Liverpool, where he supported families of fans killed during the Hillsborough disaster.

Kenny and his wife Marina were Liverpool’s public face as a whole city mourned following Hillsborough, when a crush before an FA Cup final claimed the lives of 96 fans. They provided support and comfort for grieving families and on one day alone attended four funerals.

He said at the time: “They needed a bit of help, we wanted to help them, and I’m sure they would have done the same for us - I think that’s what life is all about.”

Kenny and Marina also founded The Marina Dalglish Appeal, his family’s cancer charity which opened the Centre for Oncology at University Hospital in 2007 and has raised more than £10 million. King Kenny was granted the Freedom of the City of Liverpool on 22 September 2016, in recognition of his tireless work.

In spring 1997 he took control at a third top-flight English club, once again replacing the departing Kevin Keegan, this time as manager of Newcastle United and he came back to Celtic as Director of Football for one season.