Ian Durrant

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Ian Durrant
Ian Durrant.jpg
Ian Durrant in 1994
Personal information
Full name Ian Durrant
Date of birth (1966-10-29) 29 October 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984-1998 Rangers 249 (26)
1994 Everton (loan) 5 (0)
1998-2002 Kilmarnock 101 (8)
National team
1986-2000 Scotland 20 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Rangers (caretaker)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Ian Durrant (born 29 October 1966) is a retired Scottish professional footballer who played for the Scottish clubs Rangers and Kilmarnock, as well as the Scotland national team.

Playing career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Durrant started his career at Rangers and made his debut against Greenock Morton in April 1985. The following season, he was a regular fixture in the Rangers team and scored in his Old Firm debut that season. Durrant was fined £1500 by Rangers in 1987 after his involvement in an incident in a kebab shop after Rangers had won the league championship.[1] In October 1988 Durrant suffered a career-threatening knee injury in a match with Aberdeen at Pittodrie. A challenge by Aberdeen's Neil Simpson left him out of competitive football for almost three years. He made his return in April 1991 in a reserve fixture against Hibernian and was welcomed back by 47,453 Rangers fans. Durrant went on to play a part in both Rangers 1992/93 Champions League and Rangers' run of finally equalling Celtic's nine successive league championships, the last of which was clinched in 1997.

Kilmarnock[edit]

In 1998, along with fellow Rangers teammate Ally McCoist, Durrant transferred to Kilmarnock. He spent four years at Rugby Park before retiring and becoming coach of the youth team.[2]

Scotland[edit]

Durrant made his international debut on 9 September 1987 against Hungary,[3] eventually winning 20 caps for Scotland. His final match was against Republic of Ireland on 30 May 2000.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2005 he returned to Rangers as coach of the under-19s and, later, the reserve team.[5] Following the resignation of Paul Le Guen as Rangers manager on 4 January 2007, Durrant was caretaker manager until Walter Smith was appointed manager. Durrant lost his only game in charge of the first team, a Scottish Cup tie at Dunfermline Athletic.[6] Durrant worked as a coach of the Rangers first team under Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.[7][8] He was demoted in December 2014 to a position with the Rangers under-20 team, after McCoist left the club.[8] Durrant left Rangers in June 2016.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Souness broke off our big title party to fine me pounds 1500; SAYS IAN DURRANT Daily Record, 8 April 1998
  2. ^ "Durrant quits over knee injury" BBC Sport website (26 April 2002)
  3. ^ "Scotland 2-0 Hungary" ScottishFA.co.uk
  4. ^ "Republic of Ireland 1-2 Scotland". Scottish FA. 
  5. ^ "Durrant leaves Killie for Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 February 2005. 
  6. ^ "Dunfermline 3-2 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 January 2007. 
  7. ^ "Ian Durrant backs Rangers' class of 2008". Daily Telegraph. 23 April 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Rangers: Gordon Durie to replace Ian Durrant in backroom team". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Richard (9 June 2016). "Rangers: Ian Durrant to leave Ibrox in shake-up of coaching staff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 

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