|Full name||Darren Jackson|
|Date of birth||25 July 1966|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1998–1999||→ Coventry City (loan)||3||(0)|
|1999–2001||Heart of Midlothian||56||(7)|
|2001||→ Livingston (loan)||9||(1)|
|2002||→ Clydebank (loan)||13||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Jackson began his career in 1985 with Meadowbank Thistle, while he worked in a part-time job as a printer. 22 league goals won him a move south to Newcastle United for a £40,000 transfer fee. Jackson made his Newcastle debut as a substitute for Ian Stewart in a 2–1 defeat at home to Arsenal. In two years with the Magpies, Jackson scored only seven goals and returned to Scotland in 1988 with Dundee United. Jackson spent four years at Tannadice, picking up a Scottish Cup runners-up medal.
Jackson joined Hibernian in 1992. During his five years at Easter Road, Jackson was a runner-up again, this time in the League Cup. He moved to Celtic in 1997, but Jackson was treated for hydrocephalus that required surgery in September 1997. He was playing again within three months as Celtic went on to win both the League and League Cup. The following season, Jackson had a spell on loan with Coventry City before joining his boyhood heroes Hearts.
In July 2000, Jackson revealed he intended to move into management once his playing career finished. In October, Jackson was barred from playing for Hearts due to the impending trigger of a clause enforcing a one-year extension to his contract, seeing him discuss a possible return to former club Dundee United. After United signed Charlie Miller instead, Jackson negotiated a deal to return to first-team action at Hearts, only to find himself surplus to requirements when Craig Levein was appointed three weeks later.
In January, Jackson joined Livingston on a month's loan, subsequently extending it until the end of the season. During this time, Hearts released Jackson from his contract. After winning the First Division title with Livi, Jackson was not offered a permanent contract, returning instead to the Premier League with St Johnstone on a one-year contract. Jackson made nine league appearances for the Saints before being allowed to join Clydebank on loan in January 2002, where scored a début goal in a 1–0 win.
Despite Jackson's earlier vow to move into management, he became an SFA agent representing players including fellow Scots Jackie McNamara, Mark Wilson and Steven Thompson. In February 2013, Jackson relinquished his agent status to join client Jackie McNamara – recently appointed as manager of Dundee United – as a coach. Jackson left Dundee United in September 2015, following McNamara's departure.
Jackson won 28 caps for Scotland, scoring four goals. Making his début in March 1995, Jackson was also part of the Scotland squads for Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup, playing in two of the World Cup matches. Jackson played two further games after the tournament, appearing in the European Championship qualifying matches against Lithuania and Estonia.
|Heart of Midlothian||1998–99||9||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||1|
Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1||5 October 1996||Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||2–0||2–0||1998 WC Qualifying|
|2||1 June 1997||Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||2–1||3–2||Friendly|
|4||22 April 1998||Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Finland||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
- Dundee United
- Scottish Cup Runner-up: 1
- Scottish League Cup Runner-up: 1
- "Winners against the odds". BBC Sport website. 20 July 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-02.
- "The Scotland Squad". BBC News & Sport website. 3 May 1998. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Jackson eyes hot seat". BBC Sport website. 20 July 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Contract row freezes out Jackson". BBC Sport website. 31 October 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Jackson at United for talks". BBC Sport website. 2 November 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Two new faces at Tannadice". BBC Sport website. 3 November 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Deal allows Jackson to play again". BBC Sport website. 17 November 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Jackson hurting after Hearts decision". BBC Sport website. 7 December 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Hearts in transfer action". BBC Sport website. 13 January 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Jackson extends life at Livingston". BBC Sport website. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Hearts release Jackson". BBC Sport website. 4 April 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Saints sign up Jackson". BBC Sport website. 21 July 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "Clydebank 1–0 Cowdenbeath". BBC News. 19 January 2002. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- "The Scottish FA: Players' Agents". SFA website. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- Guidi, Mark (13 April 2008). "Back Gordon Strachan for next year's title shot, says Darren Jackson". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
- Nicholson, Eric (4 February 2013). "Darren Jackson 'absolutely buzzing' about returning to Dundee United". The Courier. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "Dundee United confirm Jackie McNamara exit as manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.