McLean playing for Motherwell
|Full name||Brian Stuart McLean|
|Date of birth||28 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Rutherglen, Scotland|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Right back|
|2005–2006||→ Motherwell (loan)||30||(3)|
|2011–2012||Preston North End||16||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5:27, 27 October 2016 (UTC).
Brian Stuart McLean (born 28 February 1985 in Rutherglen) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Hibernian. He began his career in Scotland as a youth and reserve player with Rangers before joining Motherwell in 2005, initially on loan. He then joined Falkirk in 2009 before joining Preston North End in England two years later. After returning to Scotland with Dundee United and then Ross County, he moved to Brunei DPMM in 2015 and won the S.League title in his first season.
McLean played for the Scotland under-17 team before choosing to represent Northern Ireland, for whom he made one full international appearance in 2006. Due to an administrative error, however, he was subsequently declared ineligible to have switched his nationality, thus ending his international career.
McLean is primarily a centre back, but he can also play at right back or left back. He started his career as a youth player with Rangers. However, a lack of first team opportunities led to him joining Motherwell on loan during the 2005–06 season. During his loan spell, he won the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month award for March 2006. Motherwell signed him on a permanent basis in April 2006 after he impressed during his loan spell.
On 18 July 2008 he suffered significant damage to his knee in a tackle by Argentinian striker Diego Ruiz during a pre-season friendly against CFR Cluj. He resumed a first team place on 28 March 2009, in a 2–1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
On 1 July 2009 he signed a two-year contract with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk. He became Eddie May's first signing, but Falkirk were relegated to the First Division in 2010. McLean left Falkirk at the end of the 2010–11 season.
McLean was signed by Football League One club Preston North End on a two-year contract, after a trial period, on 2 August 2011. McLean scored his first goal for Preston North End against Notts County from a Paul Parry corner, heading in from about six yards out. He was transfer listed by the club in May 2012.
He signed a two-year deal with Dundee United on 14 June 2012. On 25 July 2013, it was announced McLean had left Dundee United by mutual consent; he later signed for Ross County on 30 July 2013. He left Ross County at the end of the 2013–14 season.
On 16 February 2015, McLean signed for DPMM FC, a Bruneian football team playing in Singapore's S.League. He scored his first goal for the club against Hougang United on 4 April. He won the S.League title in his first season, scoring in every competition that he played in. He was released at the end of the 2016 season.
Despite being born in Scotland, McLean was eligible to play for Northern Ireland through his family. However he had previously appeared for Scotland U17's in a UEFA competition in 2002, and was required to state his change of allegiance prior to his 21st birthday. Unfortunately, due to an administration error McLean was not registered before this deadline and is now ineligible to represent Northern Ireland, effectively ending his international career. During his short international career McLean did not appear in any competitive games, although he was due to play in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying game against Liechtenstein before being ruled ineligible.
- As of 27 October 2016
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
- Brunei DPMM
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- "Defender McLean signs for Falkirk". BBC Sport. 1 July 2009.
- "Graham Westley wields the axe at Preston North End". BBC Sport. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- "McLean makes Terrors move". Sky Sports. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- "Ross County sign up Brian McLean and Graham Carey". BBC Sport. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
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- "Sergio Stars To Help Wasps Clinch First-Ever Title". S.League. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Efe Ambrose and Brian McLean join Hibernian". Hibernian FC. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- Blunder ends NI career for McLean, BBC Sport, 13 April 2006.
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- "No rub of the green for unlucky Killie". Daily Record. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
- Hanlon, Nick (14 December 2012). "Referee Steven McLean: I booked my brother and threatened to tell our mum". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 August 2014.