John Rankin (footballer)

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John Rankin
Personal information
Full name John Rankin
Date of birth (1983-06-27) 27 June 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Queen of the South
Number 8
Youth career
Rangers SABC[1]
2000–2003 Manchester United
2001 Corinthians (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Ross County 101 (17)
2006–2008 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 49 (9)
2008–2011 Hibernian 100 (6)
2011–2016 Dundee United 173 (12)
2016–2017 Falkirk 13 (0)
2017– Queen of the South 33 (2)
National team
2006 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 9 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2011

John Rankin (born 27 June 1983 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Queen of the South and is the current club captain. Rankin has previously played for Ross County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian, Dundee United and Falkirk. Rankin represented Scotland B for one appearance in 2006.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rankin started his career at English Premier League club Manchester United but did not make any first team appearances.[2] Whilst at the Red Devils, Rankin was loaned out to Corinthians, along with Ben Muirhead by Alex Ferguson, so to gain experience before returning to Manchester United. However, his time there was a disaster, as he explained about how both players struggled for food whilst there:

He also spoke about the poverty he had seen in his time in Brazil:

After unsuccessful trials with a number of Scottish Premier League sides,[4] he joined Scottish First Division side Ross County in 2003, going on to make over 100 league appearances for the Dingwall club and receiving two league Player of the Year awards.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

He moved to Highland derby rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle for a reported fee of £65,000 in 2006, making him one of several players to have played for both Highland clubs. He made 55 appearances and scored nine goals, including a stunning last minute winner against Rangers on 27 December 2006.[5]

Hibernian[edit]

In January 2008, Rankin moved to Hibernian for a fee of £110,000.[2] Rankin scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win for Hibs against Celtic on 7 December 2008.[6] The goal was notable because it was scored from a yard in front of the centre circle, approximately 45 yards from the goal.[6] The shot dipped and deceived the Celtic goalkeeper, Polish international Artur Boruc.[6] After the game, Rankin described the shot as a "squiggler".[6]

Rankin was a candidate for the Hibs captaincy after Rob Jones left for Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2009.[7] New manager John Hughes decided to give the armband to Chris Hogg, however, with Ian Murray to serve as Hogg's vice captain.[8] Rankin fell out of favour under Colin Calderwood and was told in March 2011 that his contract would not be renewed.[9][10]

Dundee United[edit]

Rankin signed a two-year deal with Dundee United on 17 May 2011.[11] Rankin scored five goals for United as the team finished fourth in the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season and qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.[12] In June 2012, Rankin agreed an extended contract with United.[12] Rankin was appointed chairman of PFA Scotland in February 2013, replacing Jack Ross.[13] On 26 February 2014, Rankin agreed a two-year contract extension.[14] It was announced on 4 May 2016 that Rankin would be one of eight out-of contract players leaving the club at the end of the season, having not been offered a new deal.[15]

Falkirk[edit]

On 22 July 2016, Rankin signed for Falkirk,[16] having spent time training with the club.[17] Rankin left Falkirk on 5 January 2017 after the club agreed to terminate his contract.[18]

Queen of the South[edit]

On 5 January 2017, Rankin joined Queen of the South on an 18-month contract, until the end of the 2017–18 season.[19][20] Rankin was appointed Queens' club captain by recently appointed manager Gary Naysmith before the league match at St Mirren on 7 January 2017, taking over from previous captain Chris Higgins.[21]

In March 2017, Rankin was appointed as the Under-17s coach at Heart of Midlothian, which he would combine with his playing duties at Queen of the South.[22]

International career[edit]

Rankin represented Scotland B, in a match versus Turkey B in 2006, when he was a Ross County player.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 December 2017[24][25]
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Ross County 2003–04 35 5 1 0 2 0 2 1 40 6
2004–05 30 0 3 1 2 0 3 0 38 1
2005–06 36 12 3 0 2 0 2 1 43 13
Total 101 17 7 1 6 0 7 2 121 20
Inverness CT 2006–07 34 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 37 6
2007–08 15 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 18 3
Total 49 9 3 0 3 0 0 0 55 9
Hibernian 2007–08 17 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
2008–09 33 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 37 3
2009–10 33 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
2010–11 17 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 20 1
Total 100 6 7 0 4 0 3 0 114 6
Dundee United 2011–12 38 4 3 1 2 0 2 0 45 5
2012–13 35 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 43 2
2013–14 35 2 5 0 3 0 0 0 43 2
2014–15 30 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 35 2
2015–16 35 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 41 2
Total 173 12 18 1 12 0 4 0 207 13
Falkirk 2016-17 13 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 17 0
Total 13 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 17 0
Queen of the South 2016–17 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2017-18 16 1 2 0 4 0 3 0 25 1
Total 33 2 2 0 4 0 3 0 42 2
Career total 469 46 37 2 31 0 19 2 556 50

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SABC continue to create stars for the future". Youth Football Scotland. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Hibernian sign Rankin from Caley". BBC Sport. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "John Rankin: Images of riots in Brazil reminded me of loan spell in poverty stricken Sao Paulo". Daily Record. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Eric sorry for seeing red". BBC Sport. 4 March 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Inverness CT 2–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 26 December 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Rankin practised long 'squiggler'". BBC Sport. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Johnstone, Darren (18 July 2009). "Murray, Hogg and Rankin in contention for Hibs captaincy". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hogg named new Hibernian captain". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Strachan, Colleen (9 March 2011). "Hibs: Stack faces months out as Rankin is told he can depart". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hibernian to release 10 players". BBC Sport. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Former Hibs midfielder John Rankin joins Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Dundee United extend John Rankin contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Newport, Andy (26 February 2013). "John Rankin appointed as PFA Scotland chairman". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "RANKIN COMMITS TO 2016". Dundee United FC. 26 February 2014. 
  15. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (4 May 2016). "Dundee United: Ray McKinnon top of wanted list". BBC Sport Website. BBC. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "JOHN RANKIN SIGNS FOR THE BAIRNS". Falkirk F.C. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  17. ^ http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/sport/football/falkirk-fc/ex-dundee-united-captain-trains-with-bairns-1-4171990
  18. ^ "John Rankin departs". Falkirk FC. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Rankin joins the ranks". Queen of the South FC. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "John Rankin leaves Falkirk to join Queen of the South". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  21. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-match-reports/st-mirren-0-queen-south-9580613
  22. ^ http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-coaching-roles-for-john-rankin-and-dale-carrick-1-4405506
  23. ^ "FUTURE CUP 2005". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "John Rankin Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "John Rankin Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Rankin voted best in Division One". BBC Sport. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "Rankin is voted top player in SFL". BBC Sport. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  28. ^ "Bell's Monthly Awards for November, 2005". Scottish Professional Football League. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  29. ^ "Bell's Monthly Awards for January, 2006". Scottish Professional Football League. 9 February 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  30. ^ "Rankin takes young player award". BBC Sport. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2016.