Alec Cleland

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Alex Cleland
Personal information
Full name Alexander Cleland
Date of birth (1970-12-10) 10 December 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
St. Johnstone
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1995 Dundee United 151 (8)
1995–1998 Rangers 96 (4)
1998–2002 Everton 35 (0)
Total 282 (12)
National team
1989–1992 Scotland U21[1] 11 (0)
Teams managed
2006 Livingston (caretaker)
2011 St. Johnstone (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexander 'Alex' Cleland (born 10 December 1970 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional footballer.

Playing career[edit]

Cleland started his career with Dundee United, for whom he made 159 appearances, lifting the Scottish Cup in 1994. He signed for Rangers in a joint deal with Gary Bollan in 1995 and established himself in the right-back slot at Ibrox. After over 100 appearances for the Glasgow club, he joined Premier League side Everton along with manager Walter Smith in 1998; however, his time in England was blighted with constant injury problems, and he only made 44 appearances before retiring in 2002.

Coaching career[edit]

Cleland was the youth coach of Livingston until May 2007. He also took on a caretaker-manager role on three occasions, the most recent being after the resignation of Paul Lambert on 11 February 2006. He was also assistant to Steve Morrison (footballer) at East Stirlingshire.

Cleland was appointed as a youth coach at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 2008. Following their releagation, Cleland was released as a coach by Inverness Caledonian Thistle to cut costs but shortly afterwards took up a similar position at St. Johnstone. Cleland was made caretaker manager of St. Johnstone in October 2011, when Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty moved to Bristol City.[2]

Before being appointed as a youth coach at Livingston F.C. Cleland had a brief time at Rangers F.C.' Murray park coaching youths in a programme set up by Rangers to help scout young talents.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88 Dundee United Scottish Premier Division 1 0 - - - 1 0
1988–89 9 0 - 2 0 1 0 12 0
1989–90 15 0 - - 2 1 17 1
1990–91 21 2 - 4 0 4 1 29 3
1991–92 32 4 1 0 1 0 - 34 4
1992–93 24 0 1 0 3 0 - 28 0
1993–94 31 1 7 0 2 0 1 0 41 1
1994–95 18 1 - 2 0 1 0 21 1
Rangers 10 0 N/A - N/A 10 0
1995–96 25 1 5 3 3 0 4 0 37 4
1996–97 32 0 3 0 4 0 6 0 45 0
1997–98 29 3 5 0 3 0 4 0 41 3
1998–99 Everton Premier League 18 0 1 0 3 0 - 22 0
1999-00 9 0 1 0 2 0 - 12 0
2000–01 5 0 - 2 0 - 7 0
2001–02 3 0 - - - 3 0
Career total 281 12 24 3 31 0 23 2 359 17

Honours[edit]

Dundee United
1993–94
Rangers
1995–96, 1996–97
1995–96
1996–97

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alex Cleland". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Wright, Angus (22 October 2011). "Dundee Utd v St Johnstone: Caretaker Alec Cleland says Saints squad is motivated for Tayside tussle". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved 22 October 2011. 

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