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Last Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Dalglish hails Scottish progress
Scotland goalscoring legend Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish is one of Scotland's all-time footballing greats
Kenny Dalglish refused to be drawn on whether James McFadden's strike was even better than Archie Gemmill's famous goal in the 1978 World Cup.

"Archie's goal was fantastic, it was a fantastic goal from James. You wouldn't like to pick a winner," said Dalglish.

"The significance of McFadden's goal is in the improvement and the quality of the Scottish football team," he added.

"The nation as a whole got a lift. Everybody knows the result whether they are interested in football or not."

Dalglish, an iconic figure in Scottish football history with 102 caps and 30 goals for his country, was commenting on the buzz created by the team's achievement.

"It shows how the national side is revered in this country," he told BBC Sport.


"Even if they don't qualify, to have 21 points in this group is a fantastic achievement.

"Things seem to be moving in the right directiion. I'm sure they won't be complacent going into the last three games."

Scotland have a home tie with Ukraine and a trip to Georgia to contend with in October, while the campaign finishes with Italy coming to Glasgow.

The former Scotland striker welcomed the number of SPL players now featuring in the national team and highlighted the importance of young players having homegrown heroes.

"Everybody, when they play football at a young age, needs somebody to look up to and I think in the SPL there are a lot more of them coming through now," added Dalglish.

"That's come about because the foreigners came in and failed, the clubs got into financial problems and promoted from within.

"When you see the work that has been done at Easter Road and the players that they've developed, that is a fantastic credit to them as well.

"Most of the clubs there (the SPL) are making a contribution."

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