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Saturday 26th December 2020

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Jim McLean

Everyone at the SPFL was saddened to hear that Jim McLean had passed away at the age of 83

Jim McLean played for Hamilton Academical, Clyde, Dundee and Kilmarnock before moving into management with Dundee United in 1971.

He achieved legendary status during his 22 years in charge at Tannadice, leading the club to their first major trophy in the shape of the 1979/80 League Cup, which was retained the following year.

The 1982/83 Premier Division title was sealed on the final day of the season at Dens Park and in 1983/84 United reached the semi-finals of the European Cup.

Jim also led Dundee United to the final of the 1986/87 UEFA Cup, with his team memorably beating Barcelona home and away en route.

His managerial career - which lasted until 1993 - also included a spell as assistant to Scotland boss Jock Stein.