Ian Durrant

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Ian Durrant
Ian Durrant.jpg
Ian Durrant in 1994
Personal information
Full name Ian Durrant[1]
Date of birth (1966-10-29) 29 October 1966 (age 51)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dumbarton (Assistant manager)
Youth career
Glasgow United
1983–1985 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1998 Rangers 246 (26)
1994 Everton (loan) 5 (0)
1998–2002 Kilmarnock 83 (8)
Total 334 (34)
National team
1986–1988 Scotland U21 4[2] (0)
1987–2000 Scotland 20 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Rangers (caretaker)
2017– Dumbarton (assistant manager)
* 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 Rangers, Everton, Kilmarnock and the Scotland national team. Durrant is currently assistant manager to Stephen Aitken at Scottish Championship side Dumbarton.

Playing career[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Durrant started his career at Rangers and made his debut against Greenock Morton in April 1985.[3] The following season, he was a regular fixture in the Rangers team and scored in his Old Firm match. He displayed his early promise to a wide audience with his performances alongside fellow young midfielder Derek Ferguson in the Scottish League Cup finals of 1986[4] and 1987 (scoring in both matches and also converting the winning shoot-out penalty in the latter).[5][3]

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.[6]

In October 1988 Durrant (then aged 21) was seriously injured in a violent challenge by Aberdeen player Neil Simpson which tore the cruciate ligaments in his right knee.[7] Durrant did not play competitive football for almost three years.[3] After one aborted return in early 1990, he made his comeback appearance in a reserve fixture in January 1991 against Hibernian and was welcomed back by around 30,000 fans.[8] His league return was also against Hibs towards the end of that season, and he started the crucial winner-takes-all match against Aberdeen in May 1991 which secured the title for Rangers.[9] In 1993 Durrant sued for damages against Simpson, and settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.[10]

Durrant went on to play a part in the 1992–93 UEFA Champions League run (scoring against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome)[3] and helped Rangers equal Celtic's record of nine successive league championships, the last of which was clinched in 1997. Despite his injury problems he played a total of 346 competitive games for the club, scoring 45 goals,[11] and won six League titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups.

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.[12][3] He made 101 appearances for Killie including seven matches in the UEFA Cup, and the 2001 Scottish League Cup Final.[13]

Scotland[edit]

Durrant made his international debut on 9 September 1987 against Hungary,[14] eventually winning 20 caps for Scotland. His final match was as a Kilmarnock player, against Republic of Ireland on 30 May 2000.[15]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2005, he returned to Rangers as coach of the under-19s and, later, the reserve team.[16][3] Following the resignation of Paul Le Guen as Rangers manager on 4 January 2007, Durrant was caretaker manager until Walter Smith was appointed manager. He immediately reinstated Barry Ferguson – the club captain who had been deposed by Le Guen[17] – but lost his only game in charge of the first team, a Scottish Cup tie at Dunfermline Athletic.[18] Durrant worked as a coach of the Rangers first team under Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.[19][20] After McCoist left the club December 2014, Durrant was demoted to a position with the under-20 team.[20] He left Rangers in June 2016.[21][17]

On 27 January 2017, Durrant was appointed assistant manager to Stephen Aitken at Scottish Championship side Dumbarton,[22] after previous assistant Stephen Farrell took over as manager at Scottish League One club Stranraer.[23]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ian Durrant". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Scotland under-21 player Ian Durrant". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Hall of fame: Ian Durrant". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Jim (27 October 1987). "Bad advert for football mars a classic cup final". The Glasgow Herald (scan hosted at 'The Celtic Wiki'). Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, Jim (26 October 1987). "Spot-on Rangers earn the cheers". The Glasgow Herald. p. 9. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Souness broke off our big title party to fine me pounds 1500; SAYS IAN DURRANT Daily Record, 8 April 1998
  7. ^ "A history of bad blood". BBC Sport. 19 January 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ian Durrant: Docs said I was finished". The Sun. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Flashback: 1991, Mark Walters and Scott Booth recall their part in Smith's maiden final-day triumph". The Herald. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Durrant settles out of court". The Independent. 4 February 1993. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Rangers player Ian Durrant". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Durrant quits over knee injury" BBC Sport website (26 April 2002)
  13. ^ "Kilmarnock player Ian Durrant". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Scotland 2-0 Hungary" ScottishFA.co.uk
  15. ^ "Republic of Ireland 1-2 Scotland". Scottish FA. 
  16. ^ "Durrant leaves Killie for Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 February 2005. 
  17. ^ a b "Ian Durrant saved my Rangers career, he doesn't deserve to be axed, says Barry Ferguson". Daily Record. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Dunfermline 3–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 January 2007. 
  19. ^ "Ian Durrant backs Rangers' class of 2008". Daily Telegraph. 23 April 2008. 
  20. ^ a b "Rangers: Gordon Durie to replace Ian Durrant in backroom team". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  21. ^ Wilson, Richard (9 June 2016). "Rangers: Ian Durrant to leave Ibrox in shake-up of coaching staff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  22. ^ Findlay, Alan (27 January 2017). "New assistant manager". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  23. ^ Findlay, Alan (20 January 2017). "Stephen Farrell". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  24. ^ Did not make minimum 10 appearances in 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91 or 1996–97 title wins
  25. ^ "Football: Hateley cleans up for Rangers". The Independent. 29 May 1993. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  26. ^ Did not play in the 1988, 1990 or 1996 Scottish League Cup finals

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