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Roy Aitken inducted into Scottish Hall of Fame

The 59-year-old former Celtic defender won 57 caps for Scotland.

Roy Aitken inducted into Scottish Hall of Fame

Former Celtic and Scotland captain Roy Aitken is among the latest inductees into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

The 59-year-old, who won 57 caps for Scotland in a glittering career which also saw him lift six Scottish titles with Celtic, was honoured at the awards ceremony at Hampden Park on Sunday night.

And he admits joining the roll call of Scottish football’s great and good means as much to him as any of the prizes he won as a player.

Aitken told Press Association Sport: “I’m delighted and honoured to be inducted tonight.

“You look at the list of players already in there, a lot I played with, played against, a lot of the coaches I played under.

“It’s just great to be in amongst an illustrious group of individuals.

“As a young boy you want to play with the team you support. I signed for Celtic at 13, I was still at school when I broke into the first team.

“After that you want to play as many games as you can, then you want to play for your country. After that honour you want to captain your country, then you want to captain your country at a World Cup.

“It’s only when you look back now that you realise it went fairly well! But I was lucky that I played with great players and under great coaches.

“It’s a nice feeling that all the years on you’re still remembered for what you did as a player.”

Also receiving the Hall of Fame accolade were former Airdrieonians and Rangers forward Ian McMillan, Scotland women’s record goalscorer Julie Fleeting and Archie Knox, who worked as assistant manager to both Sir Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith during a 37-year coaching career.

Paul Gascoigne was also due to be honoured at the event but his nomination was controversially withdrawn earlier this month.

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