BRENDAN RODGERS paid tribute to one of his own Celtic heroes in the Celtic View this week, the legend who on Saturday will unfurl the League flag and is sure to receive an extra-special cheer from the 60,000 Celtic supporters inside Paradise ahead of the season opener against Livingston.
“There’s not too many more fitting than Danny McGrain,” Brendan said.
“He’s one of the few players that supporters and everyone really identify with.
“Certainly in my time growing up as a Celtic supporter, he was a role model for Celtic fans.
“It’s a great honour for him, but it’s also a great honour for us on the opening day that he’ll lead us out and unfurl the flag.
“He’s a very important figure for the club. What happens sometimes is that more experienced players get lost to the game but Danny’s words, wisdom, I will always try to share.
“It’s important I see Danny when he is and around the club as he will always give you a story or anecdote and I just try to use it in my own thinking and relate it to something.
“He’s got great experience and from a personal perspective, I always learn from him every time I speak with him.
“He’s a great man and he still likes to put one or two in their place!
“His presence around the training ground is very important as he is a real symbol of the great history of this club. It is a tradition up here which is very important.
“My job again is not just to defend the flag that’s unfurled but to go and win it again this season. That’s the task and we want to start how we mean to go on.
“It’ll be great to see Danny have the honour of raising the flag then we’ll get into the game and hopefully get off to a winning start.”