How the Kenny Dalglish deal was done

August 10, 1977
Liverpool manager Bob Paisley booked into a Scottish hotel under an assumed name as his bid to sign Kenny Dalglish reached a climax. For two weeks now Celtic have been saying “No” to all Liverpool’s attempts to sign their Scottish international.

Then, late yesterday afternoon, Celtic manager Jock Stein finally agreed to listen to Liverpool’s proposals. So Mr. Paisley and chairman John Smith made a car dash north and booked into an hotel at Moffat, some 30 miles outside Glasgow. But false names were used so that outsiders would not be alerted to their presence in Scotland.

Celtic wanted everything done secretly because if the deal fell through they did not want other clubs to know that they were even willing to talk about selling Dalglish. Last night Celtic played at Dunfermline and Mr. Paisley and Mr. Stein finally got together at 10.30 p.m. Both went into Celtic Park by the back door – and the talking began.

The fee was agreed between the clubs – and the deal to shatter the existing transfer record was on.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 10, 1977; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited


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