|Full name||Alexander McNair|
|Date of birth||26 December 1883|
|Place of birth||Bo’ness, Scotland|
|Date of death||18 November 1951(aged 67)|
|Place of death||Stenhousemuir, Scotland|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1919||→ Scotland (wartime)||3||(0)|
|1908–1920||Scottish League XI||16||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Alec McNair was a Scottish football player and manager. He played as a defender for Celtic and represented the Scotland national team in 15 official internationals between 1906 and 1920. McNair also represented the Scottish League XI 16 times. He then managed Dundee from 1925 until 1927.
McNair began his career at Stenhousemuir. He played at inside right and was a regular goalscorer, helping the club win the Scottish Qualifying Cup in 1901 and 1902. He also played in the Stenhousemuir team that reached the Scottish Cup semi-final in 1903, losing 4-1 to Rangers.
In May 1904, McNair signed for Celtic. He initially played in a variety of positions, but when right-back Donnie McLeod left in 1908, McNair made that position his own. He was an integral part of the Celtic side spearheaded by Jimmy Quinn that won six successive league championships from 1904-05 to 1909-10. McNair had exceptional positional sense and ability to anticipate his opponents' moves. He was a precise tackler and had confidence in his ability to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area rather than rashly boot it forward. He was a calm and composed personality, and his demeanour earned him the nickname 'The Icicle'. Willie Maley, the Celtic manager, described McNair as “The coolest, most intelligent player I have ever seen.”
In his 21 years at Celtic McNair played a total of 641 games for the club in major competitions, winning the league championship 12 times and the Scottish Cup 6 times. He played his last game on 18 April 1925, a 1-1 draw with Queen's Park. He was 41 years old and is the oldest player ever to play for Celtic. McNair's appearances total and his trophy and caps count might have been even higher had it not been for the interruption of World War I when the League continued but the Cup and internationals were suspended, considering his success at club level and selection for Scotland continued after the conflict.
McNair became manager of Dundee in June 1925. His first two seasons saw Dundee finish mid-table and then fifth. However, after a poor start to season 1927-28, McNair left Dens Park in October 1927. He then left full-time participation in football to become a stockbroker, but still kept some involvement in the game by working as a referee supervisor.
- Scottish league champions: (12)
- Scottish Cup: (6)
- Glasgow Cup: (8)
- 1905-06, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1909-10, 1915-16, 1916-17, 1919-20, 1920-21
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