John Rankin (footballer)
|Full name||John Rankin|
|Date of birth||27 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|2006–2008||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||49||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2016 (UTC).
John Rankin (born 27 June 1983 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Falkirk in the Scottish Championship. Rankin has previously played for Ross County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian and Dundee United. He represented Scotland B once, in 2006.
Rankin began his career with English Premier League club Manchester United, but did not make any first team appearances. While at Manchester United, Rankin was sent to Corinthians, along with Ben Muirhead, by Alex Ferguson, to gain experience at Manchester United in the near future. However, his time there was a disaster, as he spoke about how both players struggled for food while they were there:
|“||We got up one day and had our breakfast but then ate no lunch and no dinner. The day after we had NOTHING to eat. Our next meal was lunch the following day. We hadn’t eaten for two days and had been at six training sessions so it was a struggle. The other players knew where to go for food but we couldn’t communicate with anyone.||”|
He also spoke about the poverty he had seen in his time in Brazil:
|“||One of my main memories is the poverty in the place. I saw people living in wooden sheds and kids begging. The children hunted in packs for food. The kids hung lollipops over your wing mirror if you stopped at traffic lights and if you took them off they’d ask for money. That’s how bad it was. I’ve young children myself now and it’s not right for a boy of eight to have to beg. It was a reality check. I was only 18 and it was heart breaking. It really opened my eyes.||”|
After unsuccessful trials with a number of Scottish Premier League sides, 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
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.
In January 2008, Rankin moved to Hibernian for a fee of £110,000. Rankin scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win for Hibs against Celtic on 7 December 2008. The goal was notable because it was scored from a yard in front of the centre circle, approximately 45 yards from the goal. The shot dipped and deceived the Celtic goalkeeper, Polish international Artur Boruc. After the game, Rankin described the shot as a "squiggler".
Rankin was a candidate for the Hibs captaincy after Rob Jones left for Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2009. New manager John Hughes decided to give the armband to Chris Hogg, however, with Ian Murray to serve as Hogg's vice captain. Rankin fell out of favour under Colin Calderwood and was told in March 2011 that his contract would not be renewed.
Rankin signed a two-year deal with Dundee United on 17 May 2011. 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. In June 2012, Rankin agreed an extended contract with United. Rankin was appointed chairman of PFA Scotland in February 2013, replacing Jack Ross. On 26 February 2014, Rankin agreed a two-year contract extension. 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.
- Scottish First Division Players' Player of the Year: 2005–06
- Scottish Football League Player of the Year: 2005–06
- Scottish First Division Player of the Month: November 2005, January 2006
- Scottish First Division Young Player of the Month: December 2003
- "Hibernian sign Rankin from Caley". BBC Sport. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "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.
- "Eric sorry for seeing red". BBC Sport. 4 March 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
- "Inverness CT 2–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 26 December 2006.
- "Rankin practised long 'squiggler'". BBC Sport. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Johnstone, Darren (18 July 2009). "Murray, Hogg and Rankin in contention for Hibs captaincy". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Hogg named new Hibernian captain". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Strachan, Colleen (9 March 2011). "Hibs: Stack faces months out as Rankin is told he can depart". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Hibernian to release 10 players". BBC Sport. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
- "Former Hibs midfielder John Rankin joins Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- "Dundee United extend John Rankin contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Newport, Andy (26 February 2013). "John Rankin appointed as PFA Scotland chairman". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
- "RANKIN COMMITS TO 2016". Dundee United FC. 26 February 2014.
- McLauchlin, Brian (4 May 2016). "Dundee United: Ray McKinnon top of wanted list". BBC Sport Website. BBC. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- "JOHN RANKIN SIGNS FOR THE BAIRNS". Falkirk F.C. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
- "FUTURE CUP 2005". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "John Rankin Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "John Rankin Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Rankin voted best in Division One". BBC Sport. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Rankin is voted top player in SFL". BBC Sport. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Bell's Monthly Awards for November, 2005". Scottish Professional Football League. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Bell's Monthly Awards for January, 2006". Scottish Professional Football League. 9 February 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Rankin takes young player award". BBC Sport. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2016.