Darren McGregor

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Darren McGregor
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McGregor playing for St. Mirren
Personal information
Full name Darren McGregor
Date of birth (1985-08-07) 7 August 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Cowdenbeath 31 (1)
2006–2008 Arniston Rangers
2008–2010 Cowdenbeath 51 (6)
2010–2014 St. Mirren 83 (4)
2014– Rangers 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren McGregor (born 7 August 1985) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Scottish Championship club Rangers.

Career[edit]

Cowdenbeath[edit]

McGregor's career started with Cowdenbeath, where he played a role in the side that won the 2005–06 Scottish Third Division championship.[1] He was released at the end of that season and spent two years in junior football, before returning to Cowdenbeath at the start of the 2008–09 season.[1] McGregor played an important role over the next two seasons as the team were promoted to the Scottish First Division.

St. Mirren[edit]

On 15 June 2010, McGregor followed ex-Cowdenbeath manager Danny Lennon to St. Mirren, joining the side on a two-year contract.[2] He made his SPL debut on 14 August 2010 in a 1–1 draw with Dundee United[3] and scored his first goal for the club in a Scottish League Cup game against Ross County on 25 August 2010.[4]

He scored his first league goal for the club in a 1–1 draw at St. Mirren Park against Dundee United on 26 January 2011, netting a header from a well placed corner kick by Steven Thomson. He then scored his second league goal for the club in a 3–3 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 12 February 2011, with a header from a Jure Travner corner. During a match against Dundee United in the SPL on 6 August 2011, McGregor suffered cruciate ligament damage that prevented him from playing for most of the 2011–12 season.[5]

On 24 February 2012 it was announced that McGregor had signed a two year contract extension, tying him to the club until the summer of 2014.[6]

McGregor returned to the St. Mirren first team, but then suffered another cruciate ligament injury in a match against Hibernian on 18 August 2012.[5] The injury sidelined McGregor for the rest of the 2012–13 Scottish Premier League season, and meant that he had only played 12 competitive matches for the club in a two season period.

During pre-season of season 2013–14, McGregor returned to action after recovering from his second cruciate ligament injury, and admitted that he feared he may never play football again.[7] McGregor had an injury free season and registered 35 league appearances for the club.

Rangers[edit]

McGregor signed for Rangers in 11th June 2014 on a one year deal with the option of a second year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Darren McGregor encourages juniors to be ambitious". BBC Sport (BBC). 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cowdenbeath defender Darren McGregor joins St Mirren". BBC Sport. 15 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "St Mirren 1-1 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 14 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ross C 3-3 St Mirren (4-3 pen)". BBC Sport (BBC). 25 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "St Mirren: Danny Lennon fears Darren McGregor may face lay-off". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Darren McGregor agrees St Mirren contract extension". STV Sport (http://sport.stv.tv). 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "St Mirren's Darren McGregor says determination to avoid going back to old job in clothes shop helped him beat injury hell". Daily Record (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk). 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

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