Alec McNair

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Alec McNair
Alec McNair (1910 portrait).jpg
Personal information
Full name Alexander McNair
Date of birth (1883-12-26)26 December 1883
Date of death 18 November 1951(1951-11-18) (aged 67)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1904 Stenhousemuir
1904–1925 Celtic 583 (8)
National team
1906–1920 Scotland 15 (0)
1919 Scotland (wartime) 3 (0)
1908–1920 Scottish League XI 16 (0)
Teams managed
1925–1928 Dundee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alec McNair was a Scottish football player and manager. He played as a defender for Celtic and represented the Scotland national team in fifteen official internationals between 1906 and 1920. McNair also represented the Scottish League XI 16 times.[1] He then managed Dundee from 1925 until 1928.

McNair began his career at Stenhousemuir. He played at inside right and was a regular goalscorer, helping the club win the Scottish Qualifying Cup in 1901 and 1902.[2] McNair also played in the Stenhousemuir team that reached the Scottish Cup semi-final in 1903, losing 4-1 to Rangers.[2]

In May 1904, McNair signed for Celtic.[3] McNair initially played in a variety of positions, but when right-back Donnie McLeod left in 1908, McNair made that position his own.[3] He was an integral part of the Celtic side that won six successive league championships from 1904-05 to 1909-10.[4] McNair had exceptional positional sense and ability to anticipate his opponents moves.[4] He was a precise tackler and had confidence in his ability to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area rather than rashly boot it forward.[4] McNair was a calm and composed personality, and his demeanour earned him the nickname 'The Icicle'.[3][4] Willie Maley, the Celtic manager, described McNair as “The coolest, most intelligent player I have sever seen.”[2]

In his 21 years at Celtic. McNair played a total of 641 games for the club; winning the League Championship 12 times and the Scottish Cup 6 times.[3][4] He played his last game on 18 April 1925, a 1-1 draw with Queen's Park. He was 41 years old and is the oldest player ever to play for Celtic.[5]


  • Scottish League: (12) 1904-05, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1908–09, 1909–10, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1916–17, 1918–19, 1921–22
  • Scottish Cup: (6) 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1923


  1. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alec McNair". Historic Warriors (History of Stenhousemuir FC). Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Alec McNair "The Icicle" bio". Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Campbell, Tom; Woods, Pat (1987). The Glory & The Dream. Grafton. pp. 354–358. ISBN 0-586-20005-3. 
  5. ^ "Alec McNair". Celtic FC - Facebook. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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Preceded by
Jim Young
Celtic F.C. captain
Succeeded by
William Cringan