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EX-CELT HAILS GERS LEGEND

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FORMER Celtic defender Davie Moyes has included RANGERS legend Ally McCoist in his dream team.

The West Ham boss had no hesitation in naming the Ibrox striker in his line-up when he chose his best eleven from his team-mates.

Moyes had to explain he had played alongside the one-time Gers player and manager in the Scotland youth team.

The former Preston, Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad gaffer kicked off his career as a utility defender at Parkhead and his travels took him to Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury, Dunfermline and Hamilton Accies before he arrived at Deepdale to end his playing days.

Moyes, speaking to BBC Scotland, admitted: “Probably the best part of my career was when I was at Celtic, because they had a brilliant team, they were so driven.”

The Hammers chief has included SIX of his old Hoops team-mates – goalkeeper Pat Bonner, defenders Danny McGrain and Roy Aitken, midfielder Paul McStay and Tommy Burns and striker Charlie Nicholas.

GREEN FOR GO…Davie Moyes in his playing days at Celtic.

Here is Moyes’ eleven from heaven as he talks us through his selections.

GOALKEEPER

Pat Bonner

My goalie would certainly be Pat Bonner. I’m doing a lot of work with big Packie with UEFA. He’s on the technical committee like myself and I think, if I was to pick anyone else, he would have me. He was a top goalkeeper, he has numerous caps for the Republic and he played for Celtic forever.

DEFENDERS

Danny McGrain, Roy Aitken, Keith Curle, Rob Newman

Danny McGrain was the best player I ever played with. Best professional, could run, could hurt you, was tough, was strong. He was a great mentor to me in my early days.

Roy Aitken. He was a machine. He could run, he could play, he could do just about anything. It was a pleasure any time I played with big Roy.

I played with Keith Curle when I was at Bristol City. He was a really good centre-back. He suited me because he was quick and he played around me – and he had a great career.

I had a problem picking a left-back. I had a few, but I’ve gone for another big pal who played with me at Bristol City and it was a boy called Rob Newman. It probably wasn’t his best position, but he did play there at times and went on to play in the Premier League with Norwich City.

ON THE BALL…fierce competitor Tommy Burns.

MIDFIELDERS

David Beckham, Paul McStay, Tommy Burns, Andy Sinton

Paul McStay and Tommy Burns – they were both brilliant. Tommy wasn’t half fierce. In training, if you gave the ball away, he would have eaten you to death. He was so competitive. But behind it, he was a brilliant guy.

Paul, what a player. I remember when I took Manchester United out to Australia and Rio Ferdinand asked me “can I meet Paul McStay?”, he was held in such high regard by the Manchester United players, it was incredible.

David Beckham came to play with me at Preston and it was a thrill to have him. He was unbelievable. He came and scored a goal from a corner-kick, he was practising his free-kicks every day, he was a boy who was desperate for it.

Andy Sinton, I played with him at Cambridge United, he went on to play for England. Played off the left, he could do it on either side, was a really good player.

ON THE BAWL…Ally McCoist during his spell as Rangers manager.

STRIKERS

Charlie Nicholas and Ally McCoist

Charlie Nicholas was great. He was everything, could do most things.

Ally McCoist, I played with in the Scotland youth team. I would have Charlie and Coisty up front and I think that would be a decent partnership because the two of them certainly knew how to score. My worry is I would never survive a night-out with the both of them.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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