ONE of Glasgow’s most famous football personalities has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Former Partick Thistle and Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough is made an MBE for services to football and charity

Rough said he was “thrilled” with the honour.

He told the Glasgow Times: “To have been in the game for so long, more than 50 years now, it’s fantastic.

“It was a great surprise. It’s good for the clubs I played for, particularly Partick Thistle, where I spent so long.

“It’s great to be added to the list of Scottish players who have been honoured.

“It’s just fantastic for me, at age 70, and my family and everyone associated with me.”

He was in goal for the Maryhill club when they defeated Jock Stein’s all conquering Celtic 4-1 in the League Cup Final in 1971.

The Thistle legend made more than 400 appearances for the Jags in the 1970s and 1980s before moving to Hibernian and briefly Celtic.

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Rough played 53 times for Scotland, 51 of them while he was a Partick Thistle player.

He is one of Scotland’s most famous goalkeepers, taking part in memorable international matches, including three World Cup squads, in Argentina 1978, Spain 1981 and Mexico 1986.

He was between the sticks at Anfield in 1977, when Scotland beat Wales in a qualifying decider for Argentina and again in Cardiff in 1985, coming on at half-time to play the second half.

He was also the goalie when Scotland defeated England 2-1 at Wembley when the Scots fans invaded the pitch at full-time, and was present again in 1981 in a 1-0 victory for Scotland.

After a successful spell as a manager with junior side Glenafton, winning the Scottish Junior Cup, he forged a career in the media as a popular presenter and pundit on radio and TV.

He returned to Firhill as a director with Partick Thistle and is a supporter of the Club’s charitable trust.

Others from Glasgow in the honours list include people working and volunteering in their communities.

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Stuart McLennan, 28, and Ross Nelson, 43, have been made MBEs in recognition of their work co-founding the Neilston & Uplawmoor First Responders in Renfrewshire.

The team has become an important feature of the local community, having recruited more than 50 volunteers.

Now equipped with two response vehicles and a 24/7 base station, their volunteers have attended over 2000 emergency calls, installed ten public access defibrillators, and 17 of the team have progressed into employment with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Stuart said it took him by “great surprise”.

He added: “It's such a privilege to be recognised for my voluntary work with the Neilston & Uplawmoor Community First Responders.

“When we first set out to look at the possibility of volunteers and whether a group would be sustainable in 2013, I had no idea how the group would progress, whether we would be able to recruit volunteers and if the entire concept would work in the village where I live.”

Sabir Zazai, of the Scottish Refugee Council is made an OBE. Meanwhile, Helen Watson, from Glasgow, has been awarded Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for her work with vulnerable people during the Covid pandemic.