Dean Shiels

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Dean Shiels
Personal information
Full name Dean Andrew Shiels[1]
Date of birth (1985-02-01) 1 February 1985 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Edmonton
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2004 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Hibernian 117 (24)
2009–2012 Doncaster Rovers 83 (10)
2011–2012 Kilmarnock (loan) 20 (6)
2012 Kilmarnock 15 (7)
2012–2016 Rangers 90 (19)
2016 Dundalk 9 (3)
2017– FC Edmonton 4 (1)
National team
Northern Ireland U16 3 (1)
Northern Ireland U17 8 (3)
Northern Ireland U19 5 (1)
2004–2006 Northern Ireland U21 6 (2)
2005–2012 Northern Ireland 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:43, 23 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2014

Dean Andrew Shiels (born 1 February 1985) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder with FC Edmonton. His father is Kenny Shiels, who was his manager at Kilmarnock .

Club career[edit]


Shiels started his professional career at Arsenal, but made no first team appearances for the club before signing for Hibernian in 2004.[2] In early 2006, Shiels had an operation to remove his right eye, which had been blind since a domestic accident when he was eight years old. The damaged eye was causing headaches and it was agreed that surgery was the best solution.[3] In November 2008, St Mirren apologised to Shiels after one of their supporters verbally abused him regarding his disability during a match at Love Street.[4] Hearts also criticised their supporters after they taunted Shiels about his disability during an Edinburgh derby match.[5]

Shiels returned to action after his eye operation later in 2006.[6] He re-established himself in Hibs' first team squad in the 2006–07 season, scoring in the team's first two league matches. He scored his first hat-trick for Hibs on 12 January 2008 in a 3–0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup, but Shiels struggled to establish himself as a Hibs first-team regular throughout his time at Easter Road.[7]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Shiels, whose contract with Hibernian was due to expire in the summer of 2009, signed for Doncaster Rovers on 2 February 2009.[7] He was transferred for a fee of around £50,000.[8] He made his Rovers debut on 21 February 2009, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 defeat at Swansea City. His first goal for the club came in the last home match of the 2008–09 season, when he scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Shiels scored six goals in 42 games during the 2009–10 season.[9] However, during the 2010–11 season Shiels lost his place in the Doncaster starting line-up.[8] He was loaned to Kilmarnock in July 2011 and his contract was mutually terminated in January 2012.[10]


Shiels signed a six-month loan deal with Kilmarnock, managed by his father Kenny Shiels, in July 2011.[8] Shiels made his first appearance for Kilmarnock on 30 July 2011, in a goalless draw against Motherwell at Rugby Park, coming on as a 74th-minute substitute. Shiels scored his first goal for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 away defeat to Inverness CT. He scored a penalty in a 1–0 win over Hearts, after Marius Zaliukas fouled Paul Heffernan. Shiels signed for Kilmarnock on a permanent basis in January 2012.[11] Shiels scored the only goal of the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Ayrshire derby rivals Ayr United on 28 January. He also scored the winning goal in a game against Rangers at Ibrox on 18 February, in Rangers' first game after entering administration.[12] On 18 March, he played in the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final, which Kilmarnock won after beating Celtic 1–0.[13] Shiels was shortlisted for the SPFA Players' Player of the Year award, along with Jon Daly, Steven Davis and Charlie Mulgrew.[14] Shiels rejected the offer of a new contract with Kilmarnock and left the club at the end of the season.[15]


Shiels signed for Rangers on 31 July 2012.[15] Kilmarnock's chairman Michael Johnson believes Rangers had underestimate Kilmarnock to get Shiels.[16] Shiels vowed to make the club win a trophy this season and revealed he turned down clubs around Europe, which he could even play in the Champions League; instead, preferring to join Rangers.[17][18]

He scored a goal, as well as, setting up two goals in his first appearance, in a Scottish League Cup tie against East Fife on 7 August.[19] A week after he sustained an injury during a match which ruled him out for weeks,[20] On 2 September 2012, Shiels scored his first league goal, as well as setting up a goal, in a 5–1 win over Elgin City.[21] After scoring two goals in three games, Shiels scored against the Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, in a Scottish League Cup tie.[22] Then, in the Scottish Cup, Shiels scored twice and earns a hat-trick assist, as Rangers thrashed Alloa Athletic 7–0 on 3 November 2012.[23] During the 2012–13 season he missed five months of the season due to a medial knee ligament injury.[24]

On the opening game of the 2013–14 season, Shiels scored as Rangers won 4–1 against Brechin City.[25] Shiels sustained another knee injury in October 2013.[24] Two months after his return, Shiels scored a brace, in a 2–0 win over East Fife on 11 January 2014.[26] Shiel's lack of playing time led to transfer speculation with moves linked to Partick Thistle and returning to Hibernian after the rumoured cost-cutting that is due to take place at the club; manager Ally McCoist refuted this.[27][28] On 8 February 2014, Shiels scored a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup, as Rangers won 4–0 against Dunfermline Athletic.[29]

On 10 June 2016, Shiels left Rangers after his contract came to an end.[30] He had made 43 appearances for Rangers in his final season with the club, as they won promotion to the Scottish Premiership.[30]


On 25 August 2016, Shiels signed for Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division citing the "lure of European football" as one of the things that attracted him to the club.[31] The move reunited him with his former teammate from his youth career at Arsenal, Stephen O'Donnell.[32] Shiels made his debut the following day in a 1-0 win over Wexford Youths, coming on as a substitute in the 73rd minute.[33] He scored his first goal for the club in a 5-0 FAI Cup Third Round win against Crumlin United on 30 August.[34] He left the club at the end of the 2016 season.

FC Edmonton[edit]

In February 2017, Shiels signed for FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League.[35]

International career[edit]

Shiels won his first Northern Ireland cap against Portugal in November 2005.[36] He was recalled to the squad for the match against Scotland in August 2008 after an absence of 18 months.[37] Shiels appeared as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw at Hampden Park.[38] Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said in February 2012 that Shiels could still have an international future.[39] O'Neill selected Shiels during the 2012–13 season despite him playing in the Scottish Third Division.[40] Shiels scored his first international goal on 12 September, in a 1–1 draw against Luxembourg.[41]

International goals[edit]

Scores and goals list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 September 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast  Luxembourg 1–0 1–1 2014 World Cup qualifier




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  32. ^ "Dundalk's Dean Shiels is ready for a medal even if it denies his father some silverware". Irish Mirror. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
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  34. ^ "Dundalk put five past Crumlin United". RTÉ Sport. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
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  37. ^ Shiels and Duff back in NI squad, BBC Sport, 11 August 2008.
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  41. ^ "World Cup qualifier: Northern Ireland 1 Luxembourg 1". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

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