Rae playing for Cardiff City
|Full name||Gavin Paul Rae|
|Date of birth||28 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gavin Paul Rae (born 28 November 1977 in Aberdeen) is a Scottish former football player. Rae started his career with Dundee, making over 200 league appearances for the club. He moved to Rangers in January 2004, but struggled to hold down a regular place in their team due to injury. He moved to Cardiff City in 2007 and featured regularly in the team that reached the 2008 FA Cup Final. Rae left Cardiff in 2011 and had spells later in his career with Dundee and Aberdeen. He also won 14 caps for Scotland between 2001 and 2009.
Rae's first club was Dundee. In total he made 223 games for the club scoring 26 goals in a period of eight years.
Rae stuck with the club during the bad financial days during the 2003–2004 season when Dundee hit administration until he was sold to Rangers for £250,000 in January 2004 along with teammate Nacho Novo.
Rae made his debut for Rangers on 3 January 2004 against Celtic but only lasted 30 minutes due to a hamstring injury. After recovering, he managed to score his first goal against Dundee, his former club. However he suffered another injury, damaging his knee against Dundee United on 24 April 2004. His road to recovery was hit by several set-backs before he finally made his return to the Rangers first team on 18 February 2006 against Hibernian. He went on to make regular appearances in the Rangers team, particularly towards the end of the season with fellow midfielder Barry Ferguson requiring an operation due to a long running leg injury.
In the 2006–07 season, Rae was given the captaincy in a number of games when Barry Ferguson was not playing. On 1 January 2007 he was announced as permanent captain after Ferguson's meeting with Paul Le Guen, which saw Ferguson stripped of the captaincy and removed from the squad. On 4 January 2007 Le Guen resigned from the managerial position at Rangers and new manager Walter Smith re-appointed Ferguson as club captain. He was offered a new deal at the club by Smith but he decided it would be better for him to attempt to find first team football. Rae left Rangers as a free agent at the end of the 2006–07 season when his contract expired.
Rae was watched by several sides from England, Wales and Scotland and came very close to joining Football League Championship side Norwich City but instead on 23 June 2007 he joined Championship side Cardiff City along with fellow Scotsman Steven MacLean on a free transfer. On 26 June 2007 he was quoted in an interview saying "Believe me, I am coming to Cardiff fully fit and fully committed. I am fired up to make the most of this chance"
On his arrival Rae found himself in first team action from the start of the season due to a long-term injury to Riccardo Scimeca and also took over the captaincy for the 2–1 home win against Burnley with Darren Purse starting the match on the bench, Scimeca injured and Stephen McPhail dropped from the side and he scored his first goal for the Bluebirds not long after on 15 September in a 2–1 victory over Plymouth Argyle. He went on to make a total of 55 appearances in all competitions in his first year, more than any other player at the club including playing in all 6 matches during the clubs run to the FA Cup Final.
The following season began badly for Rae when, after making just two appearances, he chipped a bone in his leg just below his knee during a 2–1 win over Bournemouth in the League Cup. Rae was told that he could continue playing with the injury if he could withstand the pain, returning to the side after a month out. He went on to appear in 46 matches in all competitions for Cardiff, the second highest amount behind Roger Johnson.
Rae started the 2009–10 season on the bench but was handed his first appearance of the year after 45 minutes of the opening game with Joe Ledley suffering from an illness. With Ledley away on international duty, he was handed a start in a 3–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round of the Football League Cup and scored the first goal of the game. He made his 400th club appearance in a 4–3 win over Sheffield United on 24 October 2009, coming on for Stephen McPhail, and made his 100th league appearance for Cardiff on 1 November 2009 against Nottingham Forest as a substitute. During a 4–4 draw with Peterborough United on 28 December 2009, Rae suffered a broken hand keeping him out for up to 4 weeks, but returned on 9 January 2010 against Blackpool after a remarkable recovery. On 9 April 2010, Rae was confirmed to be sidelined for the rest of the season after he suffered a ruptured tendon in his ankle. Having fallen out of favour at the start of the 2010–11 season following the arrivals of Danny Drinkwater and Seyi Olofinjana, Rae was allowed to open talks with Leeds United in August 2010 over a possible transfer. Rae left Cardiff later in the summer.
Return to Dundee
Aberdeen were interested in signing Rae, but on 14 October 2011, he signed a short term deal with his former club Dundee. Rae scored against Morton in a 2-1 victory.On 26 November 2011, Rae scored a header against Falkirk as Dundee won 4-2. Rae also scored against Kilmarnock in a 4th round Scottish Cup Replay with Dundee losing out 2-1.
On 30 January 2012, Rae signed for his home town club Aberdeen.  He scored his goal for the club in the Scottish League Cup against Greenock Morton, and his first league goal for Aberdeen on 23 September 2012 playing against Motherwell. He then went on to score goals against Hibs and Kilmarnock. Rae left Aberdeen at the end of the 2012-13 season, as his contract was not renewed.
Third spell at Dundee
On 6 June 2013, Rae once again joined Dundee, this time as a player/coach. He scored his first goal in this spell in a 4-1 win against Dumbarton on 12 October 2013. He decided to leave the club after gaining promotion to the Scottish Premiership in May 2014 and subsequently retired.
Rae was still at Dundee when he gained international recognition, winning his first cap for Scotland in 2001 against Poland. On 24 March 2008 he received his first call-up to the squad for two years, and also his first while at Cardiff. He came on as a substitute at half-time during a 1–1 draw with Croatia. Rae was once again called up to replace the suspended James McFadden in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Holland on 9 September 2009.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2003–04||Rangers||Scottish Premier League||10||2||1||0||-||-||11||2|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- Scottish Cup Runner-up: 1
- Cardiff City
- FA Cup Runner-up: 1
- "Rangers parade signing Rae" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Dundee to enter new era" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Gers strip Ferguson of captaincy" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "How reliable Rae was caught in the crossfire" The Scotsman Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Rangers confirm Rae's departure" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Hearts targeting Rae and Hughes" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Norwich move for midfielder Rae" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Cardiff capture Rae and MacLean" BBC Sport Retrieved on 7 October 2007
- "Rae could play the pain game" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 29 October 2008
- "Cardiff 3–1 Dag & Red" BBC Sport Retrieved on 18 August 2009
- "Broken Hand KOs Gav"
- "Cardiff 1–1 Blackpool"
- "Gavin out for Season"
- "Gavin Rae and Ross McCormack eye Leeds move". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Gavin Rae joins Dundee for second time". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
- "Cardiff's Gavin Rae on Aberdeen radar". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
- "Aberdeen sign veteran Dundee midfielder Gavin Rae". BBC Sport. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "Dons release seven". Aberdeen FC. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Dumbarton 1 - 4 Dundee". BBC. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- McLeod, Liam (9 August 2014). "Dundee 1–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2014. "The Dees unfurled the Championship flag before kick-off, with retired former captain Gavin Rae helping do the honours after guiding the team last season."
- "New caps do the business". BBC Sport (BBC). 25 April 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
- Moffat, Colin (26 March 2008). "Burley upbeat despite call-offs". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 24 March 2008.