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Former Scotland and Manchester United defender Gordon McQueen has sadly passed away at the age of 70.

He was diagnosed with dementia in 2021 and today his family have confirmed the football icon has died.

Here we look back on the career of Scottish football legend Gordon McQueen:


Gordon McQueen began his career at St Mirren before a move to Leeds United in 1972, where he won the First Division and played a vital role in the club’s run to the 1975 European Cup Final.

He missed the final itself after being sent off in the semi final against Barcelona. Leeds United went on to lose 2-0 to German giants Bayern Munich.

He then left Leeds United to join Manchester United in 1978 for around £500k. The Scot played in the 1979 FA Cup Final, scoring the first of Man Utd’s two goals in the 86th minute.

Gordon McQueen picked up an FA Cup winners medal in the 1983 final after a replay against Brighton saw the Old Trafford side lift the trophy. He left Manchester United in 1985.

Gordon McQueen also impressed for Scotland after winning his first call up in the 1973/1974 season, where he made his debut against Belgium.

He was part of the Scotland squad that represented the country in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, although he missed out on any game time due to injury.

He played his final game for Scotland in 1981, after gaining his 30th cap and scoring 5 goals for his country.

Gordon McQueen coached abroad before taking over the role of manager at Airdrie for a short spell. He then moved into a coaching role at St Mirren.

He then joined Middlesbrough as reserve team coach, a position he held for 5 years, and another 2 years as a first team coach.

He left the club in 2001 following the departure of Brian Robson and became a pundit on Sky Sports. In April 2008 Gordon McQueen returned to Middlesbrough as assistant scout.

In October 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. In January 2021 he was sadly diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Gordon McQueen was in the PFA Team of the Year on two occasions, voted Leeds Utd Player of the Year on two occasions and inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2012.