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National soccer legends honoured
Danny McGrain, Denis Law, and Willie Henderson
Danny McGrain, Denis Law, and Willie Henderson were at the opening
Scotland footballing legends Denis Law, Willie Henderson and Danny McGrain have launched a national Hall of Fame at Hampden Park's football museum.

Similar to the Hall of Fame for players with 50 caps or more, the attraction aims to honour former players who did not reach that milestone.

Managers and officials can be also nominated.

Law, who won 55 caps, said: "This is an opportunity for the late Sir Matt Busby to get the honour he deserves."

This Hall of Fame is a great idea for some of the managers that represented Scotland as well.
Willie Henderson
The former Manchester United striker added: "I think it's a great idea particularly if you go back to my time and probably before when you had to get 50 caps to get into the so-called Hall of Fame.

"In those days the competition was so great that there were great players who only got 22, 23 caps. So from that respect they are the ones that are being recognised.

"I think it's a nice idea for somebody when you look back. Guys like the two managers I played under, the great Bill Shankly and Sir Matt Busby, they are two names that will come into that category."

Former Rangers winger Henderson, who secured 29 caps during his career, said: "This Hall of Fame is a great idea for some of the managers that represented Scotland as well.

Nominate players

"The public is getting brought into it. They have been a very big part of the Scottish football scene and I think it is only fair that they are allowed to be brought into it as well.

"There were situations where there were players who played at different times and it was very difficult to get 50 caps, and these people are obviously going to be recognised in this."

McGrain, the former Celtic captain who was honoured 62 times by Scotland, said: "This would be a great way of recognising many people in the game like Jock Stein, Jimmy Johnstone, Billy McNeill, Willie Henderson and Gordon McQueen."

For the first year only Scottish players will be honoured, but this will expand in 2005 to cover players who have made a substantial contribution to Scottish footballing life.

Fans will be able to nominate football stars by phone, e-mail and by filling out a card at the football museum.

The nominees will go before a panel of experts with the first 20 members being inducted at a dinner in November.

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