Alan McLaren

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Alan McLaren
Personal information
Full name Alan James McLaren
Date of birth (1971-01-04) 4 January 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1994 Heart of Midlothian 182 (6)
1994–1999 Rangers 78 (5)
National team
1992–1995 Scotland 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan James McLaren (born 4 January 1971 in Edinburgh) is a former Scottish footballer who played for Heart of Midlothian and Rangers.

McLaren started his career with Hearts in 1987 and made over 180 appearances for the Tynecastle club. He moved to Rangers in 1994 in a £2m part-exchange deal, with Dave McPherson moving the opposite direction. He made his debut against Old Firm rivals Celtic in a 3–1 win at Hampden.

He was forced to retire from football in 1999, aged 28, due to injury. His final appearance for Rangers was as captain in a 1–0 win over Dundee United.

On 2 March 1999, Rangers played English club Middlesbrough in a testimonial match for McLaren at Ibrox in front of 49,468 spectators. McLaren scored a penalty in a 4–4 draw. After his retirement McLaren settled down to have two adorable children: Sam and Ellie.

McLaren also won 24 caps for Scotland.

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