Mark Wilson (Scottish footballer)
|Full name||Mark Wilson|
|Date of birth||5 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|Current club||Dundee United|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Glasgow, Wilson started his career at Dundee United and he broke into their first team in the 2002–03 season. He moved to Celtic in January 2006 for a fee of £500,000. Wilson suffered significant injury problems while with Celtic, which limited his appearances, and he was released at the end of his contract in 2012. He then signed for English Championship club Bristol City before rejoining his first club on a short term contract in 2013.
Wilson started his career with Dundee United. He joined as a youth player, turned professional in 2000 and made his senior début in January 2002. Signing a new two-year contract just months later, he began the next season as a regular. Wilson scored his first goal in December 2002, a header opening the scoring in a 1–1 home league draw against Hibernian. Five days later, Wilson was announced as the Young Player of the Month for November, saying it was a "great honour to be given this award". Before the end of that season, Wilson signed a new three-year contract, committing himself to the club until the end of the 2005–06 season.
In November 2004, Wilson was wrongly sent off in the derby match against Dundee, being mistakenly penalised for handball when television evidence showed he headed the ball. However, SFA rules dictated that, despite the error, an appeal could not proceed, as such appeals can only proceed on the basis of violent conduct or mistaken identity. The decision not to overturn the dismissal – the first of Wilson's career – drew criticism from journalists, being dubbed a "huge mistake".
Wilson's international expolits were attracting further attention and after being confirmed in April 2005 as one of the nominees for the Young Player of the Year award, Manchester City were confirmed as planning a move to sign the defender, just one of "several Premier League club" showing an interest. Despite the renewed interest from England, Wilson confirmed he would like to "stay...for the foreseeable future", and signed a new two-year contract in August 2005, extending his stay until the summer of 2008.
In early January 2006, it emerged that Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle had shown interest in Wilson during the summer and Heart of Midlothian had made an "active enquiry", with Celtic and Leeds United also showing an interest in the player who had a £500,000 release clause inserted in his new contract. By the middle of the month, Celtic were rumoured to be close to completing the signing of Wilson and on 16 January, Wilson signed for the club his family had "supported all their life". Signing for £500,000, Wilson received 25% of the fee under the terms of his contract. He made his debut two weeks later, ironically against Dundee United, playing at right-back in the 3–3 home draw. Wilson suffered a number of injuries in his first full season at Celtic, a broken foot, knee injury and subsequent knee operation.
Wilson became more of a regular in the Celtic side under the management of Neil Lennon. On 1 February 2011, he scored his first goal for Celtic in a 3-0 victory against Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium. He got his second goal just 12 days later when he put Celtic 2-0 ahead against his former club Dundee United at Tannadice. On 2 March 2011 during the Scottish Cup fifth round replay against Rangers at Celtic Park, Wilson scored the only goal in what would turn out to be an ill-tempered Old Firm with Rangers receiving three red cards.
It was reported on 30 January 2012 that Wilson was in talks with Leeds United over a potential loan for the remainder of the 2011–12 season, but no deal materialised. On 3 May, Wilson captained Celtic in their 1-0 win against St. Johnstone. After the game it was revealed that Wilson would be leaving the club at the end of the season so had been given the captaincy for his last match.
Wilson was released by Bristol City at the end of the 2012-13 Championship season, along with other defender Matthew Bates.
Return to Dundee United
On 20 August 2013 it was announced by Dundee United that Wilson had rejoined his first senior club, initially on a short term contract until January 2014.
Wilson appeared over thirty times for his country in youth internationals up to and including under-21 level. He featured in the 2001 UEFA Under-16 Championship. In February 2004, Wilson won the first of his nineteen caps for the Scotland under-21 side, starting in the 2–1 friendly defeat at home to Hungary under-21. Wilson was named in the Scotland Future squad to face Germany B in December 2004. He started the game, which ended in a 3–0 defeat for Scotland.
Wilson believed that his move to Celtic would enhance his chances of selection for the full national side, but these hopes were denied by a succession of injuries that limited his appearances for Celtic. He was selected by Craig Levein for a friendly game against the Faroe Islands in November 2010, but withdrew due to injury.
- Scottish Cup: 2
- November 2002
- As of 9 December 2013
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