Derek Parlane

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Derek Parlane
Personal information
Full name Derek James Parlane[1]
Date of birth (1953-05-05) 5 May 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Helensburgh, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1980 Rangers 202 (80)
1980–1983 Leeds United 50 (10)
1983 Bulova (loan) ? (8)
1983–1985 Manchester City 48 (20)
1985 Swansea City 21 (3)
1985–1986 Racing Jet 2 (0)
1986–1988 Rochdale 42 (10)
1988 Airdrieonians 9 (4)
1988–1990 Macclesfield Town 27 (2)
1990–1991 Curzon Ashton
National team
1973–1977 Scotland 12 (1)
1973–1974 Scottish League XI[2] 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Derek James Parlane (born 5 May 1953 in Helensburgh) is a former professional football striker who played for Rangers, from 1970 until 1980.

He won 3 Scottish League championships, 3 Scottish Cups, 3 Scottish League Cups and 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup during his time at Ibrox, and was capped by Scotland 12 times with one Under 21 cap. Furthermore, Parlane was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2010.

He went to Leeds United in March 1980 but it wasn't a very successful stay. He scored 10 goals in 53 appearances for Leeds before going to Hong Kong on loan to Bulova. On 14 July 1983, new Manchester City manager Billy McNeill brought him to Maine Road. Parlane linked up with another newcomer, fellow Scot Jim Tolmie and on their debut for the Blues on Saturday 27 August 1983, City beat Crystal Palace 2–1 at Selhurst Park in the Second Division. Parlane and Tolmie each scored one which set a precedent for the rest of the season. In all, Parlane scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for City, a healthy return.

The 1984–85 season did not start well for Parlane as City signed David Phillips from Coventry City and Tony Cunningham from Newcastle United to bolster their attack. Parlane got injured in September 1984 and was sold to Swansea City in January 1985. After the season finished he played in New Zealand for the summer with North Shore United. He spent the 1985–86 season in Belgium with Racing Jet, before returning to play two seasons with Rochdale from 1986 to 1988, playing 42 games and scoring 10 times. His last professional club was Airdrie in the 1987–88 season, he scored 4 goals in 9 games, before signing for then non-league outfit Macclesfield Town in England.


  1. ^ "Derek Parlane". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
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