|Full name||Neil Alexander|
|Date of birth||10 March 1978|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2014–2016||Heart of Midlothian||64||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:29, 3 July 2016 (UTC).
Neil Alexander (born 10 March 1978) is a Scottish professional footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper for Aberdeen. He has previously played for Stenhousemuir, Livingston, Cardiff City, Ipswich Town, Rangers, Crystal Palace and Heart of Midlothian. Alexander has also represented Scotland three times at full international level.
He grew up a fan of Heart of Midlothian. Alexander started his career with Stenhousemuir before moving to Livingston in 1998, where he was part of the Scottish First Division title-winning side of 2001. He made his Livingston debut on 3 October 1998 against Partick Thistle.
On 28 May 2001 he joined Cardiff City for £200,000 and in six years at Ninian Park played over 200 games for the Bluebirds, including helping them win promotion to the Football League Championship. During his time at Cardiff, Alexander became a fan favourite and manager Lennie Lawrence was heavily criticised on several occasions after attempting to replace him with Tony Warner. During the 2006–07 season he became embroiled in a contract dispute with the club which left him refusing to sign a new contract. Cardiff manager Dave Jones replaced Alexander as first choice for the last two months of the season with David Forde. His last appearance for Cardiff was on 31 March in a 1–0 defeat to Sunderland and at the time of his departure he was the longest serving player at the club.
On 16 July 2007 he put pen to paper on a deal with rival Championship side Ipswich Town. On his arrival at Portman Road Alexander immediately became first choice goalkeeper at the club. He made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 11 August 2007. Alexander made 31 appearances for Ipswich during his six-month spell.
On 30 January 2008, Rangers agreed a deal with Ipswich Town for the transfer of Alexander and he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract later that day. The transfer was believed to be a free with add-ons related to success, although it was officially undisclosed. Alexander made his debut for Rangers on 3 February 2008, coming on as a substitute after Allan McGregor had been sent off in a Scottish Cup tie at Hibernian. On 16 April, Alexander made his Old Firm debut as a 77th-minute substitute for the injured McGregor. He then played a vital role in Rangers' UEFA Cup and Scottish Cup semi-final wins, where he made important saves when both games were decided by penalty shoot-outs.
Alexander was promoted to first choice keeper at Rangers in April 2009, after McGregor was suspended for a late night drinking session with then Rangers and Scotland captain, Barry Ferguson. Alexander remained in goal until the end of the season, winning a league and cup double. The following season McGregor returned to first choice goalkeeper but Alexander played in all matches of the successful 2009–10 Scottish League Cup campaign, including the final against St Mirren.
In a pre season testimonial game for Queen of the South's Jim Thomson, Alexander came on at half time as a substitute for Queens despite being on the Rangers bench. Alexander continued as second choice keeper in the 2010–11 season, but signed a new contract with the club. He played in the League Cup ties and won his third League Cup honour with Rangers on 20 March 2011, in a 2–1 extra time win over Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Following Charles Green's purchase of Rangers' business and assets, Alexander was one of the few players to agree to have his contract switched to Green's company. With Allan McGregor having refused to transfer his contract, Alexander became first choice 'keeper at Rangers. Alexander left Rangers at the end of the 2012–13 season.
After leaving Rangers in the summer he later signed for Crystal Palace on a one-year-deal on 14 August 2013. He made his debut in a 2–1 League Cup defeat at Bristol City on 27 August 2013. He was released by Palace at the end of the 2013–14 season.
Alexander signed for Hearts in June 2014. He was the regular goalkeeper for Hearts during the 2014–15 season, as they won the Scottish Championship and promotion back to the top flight of the Scottish football league system. Alexander continued to be the regular goalkeeper during the 2015–16 season, as Hearts finished third in the Scottish Premiership. The club then decided to release Alexander at the end of his contract.
Alexander was first called up for Scotland during the 2002 Far East tour but did not receive a cap. He made his Scotland debut as a 49th-minute substitute in a friendly against Switzerland on 1 March 2006. Alexander also played a part in Scotland's 2006 Kirin Cup win and played both matches against Bulgaria and Japan.
- As of 3 July 2016
|Heart of Midlothian||2014–15||29||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||32||0|
- Scottish First Division (1): 2000–01 (second tier)
- Scottish Second Division (1): 1998–99 (third tier)
- Scottish Premiership (3): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Scottish Third Division (1): 2012–13 (fourth tier)
- Scottish Cup (2): 2008, 2009
- Scottish League Cup (3): 2008, 2010, 2011
- Scottish Championship (1): 2014–15 (second tier)
- Kirin Cup (1): 2006
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- "Neil Alexander set to make his Hearts debut against old club Rangers after keeper agrees Tynecastle deal". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Cardiff sign keeper". BBC Sport. 28 May 2001.
- "Alexander rejects Cardiff offer". BBC Sport. 10 December 2006.
- "Alexander given Cardiff ultimatum". BBC Sport. 11 March 2007.
- "Bluebirds exit saddens Alexander" BBC Sport. 12 May 2007.
- "Ipswich sign goalkeeper Alexander" BBC Sport (17 July 2007)
- "Rangers sign Ipswich goalkeeper". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 January 2008.
- "Hibernian 0–0 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 February 2008.
- "Alexander treated harshly – Smith". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 August 2009.
- "Rangers' Allan McGregor set to be on cup final bench". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 March 2010.
- "Keeper problems for Kenny", www.qosfc.com
- "Neil Alexander signs new Rangers deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Rangers: Players attend Murray Park for fitness tests". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 June 2012.
- "Former Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor agrees three-year Besiktas deal". STV Sport. STV. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Neil Alexander: Crystal Palace sign former Rangers goalkeeper". BBC Sport. BBC Sport. 15 August 2013.
- "Parr, Moxey and Gabbidon Among 12 Released". Crystal Palace. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Hearts: Goalkeeper Neil Alexander signs player-coach deal, BBC Sport
- "Hearts release Neil Alexander and seek new goalkeeper". BBC News. BBC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "Neil Alexander joins Aberdeen". Aberdeen FC. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Alexander earns Faroes place" BBC Sport. 27 August 2002.
- "Scotland 1–3 Switzerland" BBC Sport. 1 March 2006.
- Neil Alexander career statistics at Soccerbase
- Europe and Scottish Challenge Cup