|Full name||Darren Jackson|
|Date of birth||25 July 1966|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|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|
Darren Jackson (born 25 July 1966 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former footballer, who played predominantly as a forward. Jackson played for several clubs in Scotland and England, including Newcastle United, Dundee United, Hibernian, Celtic and Heart of Midlothian. Jackson played 28 times for Scotland and was selected in their 1998 FIFA World Cup squad.
Since retiring as a player, Jackson has worked as a football agent and coach.
Jackson began his career in 1985 with Meadowbank Thistle, while he worked in a part-time job as a printer. Twenty-two league goals won him a move south. After 9 games in Meadowbank's 1986/87 league campaign he joined Newcastle United in October 1986. Jackson made his Newcastle debut as a substitute for Ian Stewart in a 2–1 defeat at home to Arsenal on Saturday 18 October 1986. In two years with the 'Magpies', Jackson scored seven goals.
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.
He next joined 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. He returned 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.
Jackson won 28 caps for Scotland, scoring four goals. Making his début in March 1995, Jackson was also in the starting line-up for a fixture against Estonia in Tallinn in October 1996, but a scheduling dispute meant the home team did not adhere to a quickly-rearranged afternoon kick-off time, and the match was abandoned at kick-off with no caps awarded to the Scotland players; the fixture was re-arranged for the following February, but Jackson was not selected.
He was part of the Scotland squads for UEFA Euro 96 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing in two of the World Cup matches. Jackson played two further games after the tournament, appearing in the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying matches against Lithuania and Estonia.
Agent and coach
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 McNamara – recently appointed as manager of Dundee United – as a coach. Jackson left Dundee United in September 2015, following McNamara's departure. He then assisted to Gary Locke at Raith Rovers, until both were sacked by the club in February 2017.
|Heart of Midlothian||1998–99||9||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||1|
|Scotland national team|
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|
- Darren Jackson, Sporting Heroes
- Stats 1986-87 nufc.com
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- Guidi, Mark (13 April 2008). "Back Gordon Strachan for next year's title shot, says Darren Jackson". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
- 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. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- "Raith Rovers sack manager Gary Locke and assistant Darren Jackson". BBC Sport. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- Barnes, John (13 June 2018). "Darren Jackson joins Alan Stubbs' staff at St Mirren". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Darren Jackson: St Mirren part with first team coach after Alan Stubbs exit". BBC Sport. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- National Football Teams profile