Kenny Dalglish played a record 102 times for Scotland, and jointly holds the goalscoring record with Denis Law, of 30. He made his international debut in 1971, coming on as substitute in Scotland's Euro 72 qualifier against Belgium. In 1972 he scored his first international goal in a World Cup qualifier against Denmark.
In 1978 he represented Scotland in the World Cup in Argentina. It was a remarkable campaign for the side. In their first match they lost 3-1 to Peru with Willie Johnstone being sent home after failing a drugs test. They followed that defeat up with a 1-1 draw against no-hopers Iran. Then followed one of Scotland's finest international moments.
With virtually all hope lost, Scotland outplayed eventual tournament runners-up Holland, earning a memorable 3-2 victory. Dalglish got on the score sheet, but the match is best remembered for Archie Gemmill's spectacular strike, when he dribbled past several players and curled a beautiful shot past the Dutch keepers.
Manager Ally McLeod was sacked after the tournament, being replaced by Dalglish's former mentor at Celtic, Jock Stein. Dalglish was made captain, but his stint only lasted four matches, during which time Scotland lost three times. He was replaced by Archie Gemmill.
Stein led Scotland to the 1982 World Cup finals, but sadly, it was equally unsuccessful as the 1978 campaign. Although King Kenny scored in the 5-2 trouncing of New Zealand, by his own admission he played poorly. He came on as a substitute against Brazil, but only once they were 3-1 down, and didn't even feature in the last game against the Soviet Union.
He was chosen to represent Scotland in the 1986 World Cup against Mexico, but had to withdraw through injury. His final appearance in the blue shirt came in November 1986 against Luxembourg in a 3-0 victory.