A bronze statue of Dundee football legend Jim McLean will soon stand outside of Tannadice after plans to construct it were approved by the city council.
The life-size effigy will honour the legendary Dundee United manager who led the club to the Premier League title in 1983 and two League Cup triumphs in 1979 and 1980 as well as guiding them to the European Cup semi-final in 1984.
It will stand on a two metre tall platform outside the club’s ground, with a plaque which reads: “Jim McLean Manager 1971 – 1993 Chairman 1988- 2000.”
Over £60,000 were raised through a Justgiving page to fund the statue’s construction, and over 700 people pledged their support.
The page was created by several Dundee United fan clubs which came together in order to form the Jim McLean Steering Group, dedicated to honouring and remembering the former manager and chairman who served the club for 29 years.
The ongoing campaign to have the statue built has gained support from some of football’s biggest names, including former Aberdeen and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who described McLean as “one of the greatest.”
The new statue, which depicts McLean holding the Scottish Premier Division cup, will stand on the east side of the ground near the club’s main entrance and reception.
It is to be sculpted by DJCAD graduate Alan Herriot, an acclaimed artist now lives in Edinburgh.
The sculptor has already created a scaled-down version of the statue, which was unveiled in August of last year.
The design is a combination of two iconic photographs of the former manager and has been approved by the Steering Group and Jim’s family.
Various versions of the statue were drawn up and trailed before the current design was decided on.
Alan believes it will take him around two or three months to complete the statue, however it is unclear when construction will begin.
The planning application for the project was first validated in February and was approved by Dundee City Council on Tuesday.
The long-serving Dundee United manager was also honoured with a play earlier this year.
Smile, which was based on McLean’s life and career at Dundee United, was performed at the Dundee Rep in February and received high praise from both audience members and critics.