The Away End are searching for the 100 greatest players in Scottish football history. Larsson, Laudrup, Dalglish, McLeish, Sturrock - who will make it onto the list and who will finish top?
Radio Scotland presenter and lifelong Aberdeen fan Richard Gordon is next to put together who would make his greatest XI.
I have gone for players that I saw play in their prime, and also built in the proviso that they must have hung around a bit. Jimmy Johnstone for instance misses out on the first qualification, the supremely talented Zoltan Varga (an all too short spell at Pittodrie in the early 70s, but unquestionably the most talented I have seen playing in the Scottish game) on the second.
There are so many others that crossed my mind; among them Andy Goram, Stuart Kennedy, Pat Stanton, Paul Sturrock, Eric Black, Paul McStay, Duncan Shearer and Ally McCoist to name but a few, all of whom were in the end pipped by those I have selected, in some cases for no discernible reason other than a gut feeling.
My midfield is perhaps not the most balanced, it is certainly lacking in defensive qualities, but my back-line would have coped with that no problem, and the front two would score so many goals from the chances created, that I do not think I would have to worry too much.
JIM LEIGHTON is unquestionably the best goalkeeper I have ever watched play regularly in the Scottish game. His agility and reading of a situation were second to none and he pulled off a series of breath-taking saves throughout his career. Might struggle a bit were he around these days mind you, as he was never quite so comfortable when he had to use his feet!
DANNY McGRAIN just oozed class and could very comfortably play in either full-back position. Strong in the tackle, his distribution was at times excellent and his over-lapping skills were a constant menace to the opposition.
WILLIE MILLER would captain my side as he was a born leader and the best penalty box defender I have seen bar none. You rarely saw Willie making a last-ditch tackle, more often than not his razor sharp football brain saw him in the right position to block or nip the ball off a striker's toe. In addition to his physical attributes he was as mentally tough as they come.
ALEX McLEISH was the perfect side-kick to Willie. As brave as they come, he would be the one challenging in the air against bruising centre-forwards and he has the scars to prove it. Another excellent football brain as he has proved by achieving such success in management. In addition to all his talents, one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
MAURICE MALPAS was probably under-valued by many supporters, perhaps because he was, for almost two decades, Dundee United's Mr Consistent. Maurice was always there, never let the side down, and simply got on with the job without any fuss. A model professional.
BRIAN LAUDRUP was simply stunning in a hugely successful Rangers team. Not only did he have the ability to trick a defender and ghost past him, he also had pace and was deceptively big and strong, making him at times almost impossible to stop. In addition to all his other attributes, he also had an impressive goal-scoring record, netting some spectacular strikes along the way.
GORDON STRACHAN simply had to find a place in my team, so I have moved him in one where he would be more than comfortable as he never was a winger in the true sense of the word. His range and accuracy of passing was incredible, as was his ability to beat a man. Unlike many similar players there was almost always an end product with Gordon and his goals to games ratio with Aberdeen was quite phenomenal.
PAUL GASCOIGNE was a troubled individual with so much going on in his life, but he clearly loved being out on the pitch, and although he got involved in a few high-profile incidents, played for so much of the time with a smile on his face. When he had the ball at his feet, you just knew something was about to happen.
DAVIE COOPER just edges out Peter Weir, two of the finest wingers it has been my absolute joy to watch. Copper was something of a throwback in the way he played the game, his skills and ball control just mesmerising, and there was almost always an end product. A supreme talent.
HENRIK LARSSON was the key component of the Celtic side during his time there. I lost count of the number of matches he salvaged with his remarkable ability to put the ball in the net. But he was also a genuine team-player, regularly back helping to defend late in matches. A genuine world-class player.
JOE HARPER was one of my first football heroes, and the most clinical finisher I have ever seen. His awareness in the penalty area was second to none, his ball-striking sweet and pure and he took such pleasure from scoring goals. One of my most enduring memories is of 'King Joey' on his knees, arms outstretched and with a beaming smile, soaking up the adulation of the Beach end at Pittodrie.
McGRAIN MILLER McLEISH MALPAS
LAUDRUP STRACHAN GASCOIGNE COOPER