A STREET in Galashiels could be named after former Scotland footballer John Collins.

The town's community council has been asked to come up with a list of suggestions for three unnamed roads at Melrose Gait.

And at a meeting on Wednesday night the former Celtic and Hibs star, who is now an ambassador at Gala Fairydean Rovers, was unveiled as one of the options.

Chairwoman of the community council Judith Cleghorn said: "Alison Wallace from Scottish Borders Council has been in touch to get our suggestions to name three streets at the Melrose Gait estate.

"The councillors have come up with some suggestions on who to name the streets after and it would be good to get people's thoughts."

Among the famous names put forward was George Hope Tait – a poet and town councillor who is also recognised for his contribution to art, architecture, journalism and authorship in the town.

Naming a street after one of Galashiels' greatest servants, Bill Lamb, was another idea.

Mr Lamb, who died last year, was a local councillor for 35 years.

He held several portfolio posts when the Liberal Democrats were in power at Newtown St Boswells.

And community councillor Drew Tulley put forward former local government officer George Knox, who died ten years ago.

The former Town Clerk was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in 1977 when he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal and again in 1980, when he was given an MBE for his long service in local government in the region.

Mr Tulley said: "I would suggest George Knox as an option because of the work he did for this town.

"I would have liked to have seen a street named after him in the centre of town.

"I think it is a shame that he hasn't already got a street named after him in Galashiels."