Jordan McMillan

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Jordan McMillan
Personal information
Full name Jordan McMillan
Date of birth (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Partick Thistle
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Rangers 2 (0)
2009 Hamilton Academical (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Queen of the South (loan) 16 (0)
2011 Wrexham (loan) 5 (0)
2012–2013 Dunfermline Athletic 38 (2)
2013– Partick Thistle 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jordan McMillan (born 16 October 1988) is a Scottish association footballer who plays for Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle. He has previously played for Rangers, Hamilton Academical, Queen of the South, Wrexham and Dunfermline Athletic.

Career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

McMillan was born in Glasgow and began his career with Rangers. He featured on Blue Heaven, a BBC Scotland programme following the lives of young footballers at Rangers and went on to captain Rangers reserve team.[1] In 2005, McMillan signed his first professional contract at Rangers.[2] During his Rangers career, McMillan had been an unused sub on several occasions, including the 2008 Scottish Cup Final against Queen of the South[3] before making his senior debut against Dundee in a Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie on 27 October 2009.[4]

McMillan signed a new two-year contract with Rangers in July 2010, having performed well on loan for Queen of the South during the previous season.[5] He made his Champions League debut as an 82nd minute sub on 7 December 2010 in a 1–1 draw away at Bursaspor.[6]

After several appearances as an unused substitute, McMillan made his league debut for Rangers, after six years in the first-team squad, starting at right-back in a 3–0 win away to Motherwell, on 21 August 2011[7] In January 2012, McMillan rejected a new three-year deal at £2000 a week to stay at Rangers, explaining his actions as "don’t want to come across as greedy.",[8] but stated he was happy to stay at Rangers on one condition: to play regularly in the first team.[9]

Loan moves[edit]

On 7 January 2009, McMillan joined Hamilton Academical on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[10] He made his first professional appearance in a 1–0 Scottish Cup victory over Ross County on 10 January 2009.[11]

The following season McMillan joined Dumfries club Queen of the South on 1 December 2009. He made his Queens debut on the evening of the same day in the home game against Dunfermline Athletic.[12] He made 16 appearances for Queens between then and the season's end, all in the league. In 1 February 2011, Wrexham recruited McMillan on loan for the rest of the season.[13]

Dunfermline[edit]

On 31 January 2012, McMillan joined fellow Scottish Premier League club Dunfermline Athletic on a deal to May 2013.[14] He made his debut on 7 February 2012, in a 1–1 draw with Kilmarnock,[15] and scored his first goal for the club in a 4–4 draw against St. Mirren on 21 April 2012.[16] However, the club was relegated from the Scottish Premier League after losing 4–0 to Hibernian.[17]

In the 2012-13 season, McMillan was appointed the new club captain ahead of a new season in the Scottish First Division.[18] On 22 September 2012, McMillan scored his first goal of the season and his second goal of his Dunfermline career, in a 4–2 win over Livingston.[19] In a 1–0 loss against Falkirk, on 26 December 2012, McMillan was sent-off, being given a straight red card for violent conduct when he appeared to grab Stewart Murdoch's throat.[20] At the beginning of the season Dunfermline were expected to be chasing for the title, but later in the season, the club's season became marred with financial difficulties, which led to administration. In the wake of the club's financial difficulties, McMillan stated previous few months at the club had been "horrible" and he expressed his fears that some at the club could lose their jobs.[21] On 27 March 2013, McMillan made his last appearance, in a 2–0 loss against Falkirk.[22]

The club's fears came true on 28 March 2013, Dunfermline announced 11 players were to be made redundant after the club went into administration and this included McMillan, who announced it to his fans on social networking site Twitter.[23] After being made redundant, Manager Jim Jefferies paid tribute to McMillan, saying: "He is a wee bit of a 'Jack the lad' but there is not an ounce of malice in him. He is a terrific boy and he handled things really well as my captain."[24]

Partick Thistle[edit]

On 29 March 2013, McMillan joined Scottish First Division club Partick Thistle on a deal to May 2013.[25] After the move, McMillan said that Partick Thistle saved his career after being released by Dunfermline.[26] After Partick Thistle had clinched the First Division title and promotion to the Scottish Premier League, McMillan made his first start, scoring against his former club, Dunfermline Athletic, in a 3–3 draw.[27] At the end of the season, McMillan, along with former Dunfermline team-mate Callum Morris and four Partick Thistle team-mates, was named in the PFA Scotland First Division Team of the Year[28]

Ahead of the 2013–14 season, he signed a new two-year contract with the Jags on 17 June 2013, as they prepared for the Scottish Premiership season.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 January 2014[30][31]
Club statistics
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Rangers 2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2008–09 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Queen of The South (loan) 2009–10 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Wrexham (loan) 2010–11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Dunfermline Athletic 2011–12 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2012–13 27 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 32 1
Total 38 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 43 2
Partick Thistle 2012–13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2013–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Career total 72 3 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 81 3

Honours[edit]

Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heavenly beginnings show how Rangers starlets have fallen from grace". Herald Scotland. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dunfermline new boy Jordan McMillan: Rangers WILL turn their fortunes around.. after they've been to East End Park". Daily Record. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2005). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2005/06. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-1-2. 
  4. ^ "Dundee 1–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 27 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rangers extend Jordan McMillan contract until 2012". BBC Sport. 8 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bursaspor 1–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 7 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Motherwell 0–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 21 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Rangers rocked by striker crisis as Kyle Lafferty is ruled out for two months with torn hamstring". Daily Record. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jordan McMillan insists he'll be happy to stay at Rangers... if he plays regularly". Daily Record. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Accies sign Old Firm pair on loan". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Ross County 0–1 Hamilton". BBC Sport. 10 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Queens emergency loan from 'Gers starts!". www.qots.com. 1 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Wrexham capture Jordan McMillan on loan". BBC Sport. 1 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rangers pair Jordan McMillan and Kyle Hutton join Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dunfermline 1–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "St Mirren 4–4 Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Hibernian 4-0 Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "McMillan to captain Pars". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dunfermline 4-0 Livingston". BBC Sporr. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Dunfermline 0 Falkirk 1: Bairns hero Blair Alston admits winner may annoy Fife pals". Daily Record. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Dunfermline: Threat to players' jobs concerns Jordan McMillan". BBC Sport. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic 0 Falkirk 2: 'It wasn't about the result,' says manager Jefferies". Herald Scotland. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Dunfermline: McMillan & Cardle among players made redundant". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Jefferies pays tribute to axed captain". Herald Scotland. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "Thistle Add to Squad". Partick Thistle. Partick Thistle F.C. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Partick Thistle saved my career, says ex-Dumfermline stopper Jordan McMillan". Daily Record. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Partick Thistle 3 - 3 Dunfermline: Jags strike late". The Scotsman. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "PFA SCOTLAND TEAMS OF THE YEAR". PFA Scotland. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Transfer news: Jordan McMillan signs new two-year deal at Partick Thistle". Sky Sports. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Jordan McMillan Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  31. ^ "Jordan McMillan Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 

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