Football Player; A native of Glasgow Danny had initially attracted the interest of Rangers before Celtic’s assistant manager Sean Fallon won his signature. He joined Celtic in 1967 becoming one of the club’s ‘Quality Street Kids’ and made his first team debut in 1970 coming on as a substitute against Dundee United at Tannadice. A competitive and reliable defender McGrain was also effective when pushing forward to support the attack and his overlapping runs became a trademark of Celtic’s style of play. He developed into a world class fullback despite experiencing serious setbacks which included a fractured skull, discovering he was diabetic and a career threatening ankle injury.
With Celtic winning the double in 1977 Danny was nominated for Scottish Player of the Year and he replaced the departing Kenny Dalglish as captain of the club. In a twenty year career spanning 657 competitive games McGrain won the Scottish League six times, the Scottish Cup five times and the Scottish League Cup twice. He was also capped 62 times for Scotland and played in the World Cup finals of 1974 and 1982.