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]


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.


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]


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]


  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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