Brian McLean

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This article is about Northern Ireland footballer. For New Zealand rugby union coach Brian "Aussie" Mclean, see Brian McLean (rugby union).
Brian McLean
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McLean playing for Motherwell
Personal information
Full name Brian Stuart McLean
Date of birth (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Rangers 0 (0)
2005–2006 Motherwell (loan) 30 (3)
2006–2009 Motherwell 25 (2)
2009–2011 Falkirk 67 (3)
2011–2012 Preston North End 16 (1)
2012–2013 Dundee United 29 (0)
2013–2014 Ross County 26 (0)
National team
2006 Northern Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:34, 21 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Stuart McLean[1] (born 28 February 1985 in Rutherglen) is a Scottish born Northern Ireland international professional footballer currently without a club after last playing for Scottish Premiership side Ross County. He began his career with Rangers and then signed for Motherwell before moves to Falkirk, Preston North End and Dundee United.

Club career[edit]

McLean is naturally a centre back, but he can also play at right back or left back.[2] He started his career as a youth player with Rangers. However, a lack of first team opportunities prompted him to join Motherwell on loan during the 2005–06 season.[3] During his loan spell, he won the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month award for March 2006.[4] Motherwell signed him on a permanent basis after he impressed during his loan spell at Fir Park.[5]

On 18 July 2008 he suffered significant damage to his knee in a tackle by Argentinian striker Diego Ruiz during an ill-tempered preseason 'friendly' against CFR Cluj.[6] He resumed a first team place on 28 March 2009, in a 2–1 win over Inverness CT.

On 1 July 2009 he signed a two-year contract with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk.[7] He became Eddie May's first signing, but Falkirk were relegated to the First Division in 2010. McLean left Falkirk at the end of the 2010–11 season.[2]

McLean was signed by Football League One club Preston North End on a two-year contract, after a trial period, on 2 August 2011.[2] Mclean scored his first goal for Preston North End against Notts County from a Paul Parry corner, heading in from about six yards out.

He was transfer listed by the club in May 2012.[8]

He signed a two-year deal with Dundee United on 14 June 2012.[9]

On 25 July 2013, it was revealed McLean had left Dundee United by Mutual Consent and he later signed for Ross County on 30 July 2013.[10] He left Ross County at the end of the 2013–14 season.[11]

Personal Life[edit]

He is the brother of SFA referee Steven McLean.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 April 2014
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motherwell (loan) 2005–06 30 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 34 3
Motherwell 2006–07 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2007–08 9 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 11 1
2008–09 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Total 55 5 2 0 4 1 0 0 61 6
Falkirk 2009–10 36 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 40 1
2010–11 36 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
Total 67 3 3 0 4 0 3 0 77 3
Preston 2011–12 16 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 18 2
Dundee United 2012–13 29 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 34 1
Ross County 2013–14 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
Career total 193 9 8 1 12 1 5 1 218 12

International career[edit]

Despite being born in Scotland, McLean was eligible to play for Northern Ireland through his family. However he had previously appeared for Scotland U17's in a UEFA competition in 2002, and was required to state his change of allegiance prior to his 21st birthday. Unfortunately, due to an administration error[13] McLean was not registered before this deadline and is now ineligible to represent Northern Ireland,[14] effectively ending his international career. During his short international career McLean did not appear in any competitive games, although he was due to play in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying game against Liechtenstein before being ruled ineligible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "Preston sign ex-Falkirk defender Brian McLean". BBC Sport (BBC). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Motherwell snap up two defenders". BBC Sport. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Motherwell pair scoop monthly awards". spfl.co.uk. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Motherwell agree deal for McLean". BBC Sport. 21 April 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mark McGhee blasts friendly opposition after Brian McLean left with serious knee injury following tackle" Daily Record (21 July 2008)
  7. ^ Defender McLean signs for Falkirk, BBC Sport, 1 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Graham Westley wields the axe at Preston North End". BBC Sport. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "McLean makes Terrors move". Sky Sports. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ross County sign up Brian McLean and Graham Carey". BBC Sport. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Parks, Gordon (14 July 2014). "Personality clash with Ross County boss Derek Adams to blame for Brian McLean's departure from Dingwall". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Hanlon, Nick (14 December 2012). "Referee Steven McLean: I booked my brother and threatened to tell our mum". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Blunder ends NI career for McLean, BBC Sport, 13 April 2006.
  14. ^ [1], Irish Football Association 13 April 2006

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