Maurice Ross

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Maurice Ross
Personal information
Full name Maurice Alexander Ross
Date of birth (1981-02-03) 3 February 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Sola FK (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Rangers 78 (2)
2005 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (0)
2005–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 (0)
2006–2007 Millwall 15 (0)
2007–2008 Viking 27 (0)
2009 Kocaelispor 10 (0)
2009–2010 Aberdeen 6 (0)
2010 Beijing Guoan 14 (0)
2011 Motherwell 6 (0)
2011–2012 Livingston 8 (0)
2012–2013 FK Vidar 13 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Scotland 12 (0)
Teams managed
2013- Sola FK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).

Maurice Alexander Ross (born 3 February 1981) is a Scottish association footballer who is currently manager of Sola FK in Stavanger, Norway.

Ross made his first senior appearance in professional football in February 2000 and played for eleven different clubs: Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall, Viking, Kocaelispor, Aberdeen, Beijing Guoan, Motherwell, Livingston and FK Vidar. In his time with Rangers he won all the domestic honours in Scotland. He plays predominantly at right back and was capped by the Scotland national team twelve times.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Ross joined Rangers as a trainee and made his senior debut in a 7–1 defeat of home town team Dundee, in February 2000. He captained the Rangers Under-21s to a reserve league championship win during 2000-01 but it was not until the 2002–03 season, under Alex McLeish, that he established himself as a the first team player.

Despite signing a four-year deal with Rangers in 2003, by August 2005 Ross had fallen out of favour at Rangers and was given a free transfer and moved on to Sheffield Wednesday. However the transfer did not prove to be a success as Ross only made two appearances for Wednesday and was later loaned to Wolves after only two months.[1] In January 2006, Wolves made the loan into a permanent deal and Ross signed a six-month contract but he was released by Wolves at the end of that contract. Ross secured a new club at Millwall in the summer of 2006 and featured in the starting eleven for the first five games before being dropped to the bench after a string of poor performances.

In March 2007 Ross was signed by Viking from Stavanger, Norway. Ross agreed a three year contract with Viking until the end of the Norwegian season late in 2009 but instead joined Turkish Super League side Kocaelispor in early February 2009. After Kocaelispor secured their league status that season but Ross, along with four other players, had their contracts terminated. On 12 October 2009, it was announced that Ross had asked the then Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee if he could use the facilities at Pittodrie, in order to gain fitness and ultimately a deal with another club. He signed a short-term deal with the Dons until January.[2] Ross made it clear his intention was to move abroad during the winter transfer window and on 11 January 2010 it was announced that he signed for Chinese club Beijing Guoan. It was confirmed on 10 February 2010 that he joined the defending champions of Chinese Super League.[3] Ross scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the 2010 AFC Champions League.

On 1 April 2011, it was revealed that Ross had signed a contract with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell until the end of the season.[4] Ross then was released by the Fir Park club on 1 June 2011.[5] On 13 October 2011 Ross signed for Livingston until January 2012.[6] After this third spell in Scottish football, Ross returned to Norway, initially to play and later coach, with FK Vidar and Sola FK respectively[7]

International[edit]

Berti Vogts gave him a call up to the Scotland team after making just a few appearances for Rangers. Ross made his international debut against South Korea in 2002, and went on to feature in the team in the campaign to qualify for Euro 2004.

Career statistics[edit]

Club record
[8]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 1999–2000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2000–2001 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001–2002 21 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 29 0
2002–2003 20 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 27 1
2003–2004 20 1 1 0 3 0 6 0 30 1
2004–2005 14 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 19 1
2005–2006 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 78 2 7 0 10 1 13 0 108 3
Wolves 2005–2006 19 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Total 19 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Millwall 2006–2007 15 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
Total 15 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
Viking 2008 27 0 27 0
Total 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Kocaelispor 2008–09 10 0 10 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Aberdeen 2009–2010 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Beijing Guoan 2010 14 0 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Motherwell 2011 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Livingston 2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 165 2 12 0 13 1 13 0 215 3

Honours[edit]

Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sky Sports | Sport News". Home.skysports.com. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Ross agrees contract at Pittodrie". BBC Sport. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ "国安正式签约莫莱斯·罗斯". Beijing Guoan F.C. Official Website. 10 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Maurice Ross defends his switch to Motherwell". BBC Sport. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Craigan and Jennings offered new deals at Motherwell". BBC Sport. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Maurice Ross and Mark Fotheringham join Livingston". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Rangers, Millwall and Beijing defender Ross coaching in Norway". Tribalfootball.com. as accessed. 
  8. ^ "MAURICE ALEXANDER ROSS". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 

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