Tommy McLean

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Tommy McLean
Personal information
Full name Thomas McLean
Date of birth (1947-06-02) 2 June 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Larkhall, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1971 Kilmarnock 216 (48)
1971–1982 Rangers 300 (35)
Total 516 (83)
National team
1968–1971 Scotland 6 (1)
1966–1973 Scottish League XI 7 (0)
Teams managed
1983–1984 Morton
1984–1994 Motherwell
1994–1995 Hearts
1996 Raith Rovers
1996–1998 Dundee United

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas "Tommy" McLean (born 2 June 1947, Larkhall, Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played for Kilmarnock and Rangers.

Early life[edit]

McLean grew up in Ashgill, Lanarkshire, along with his elder brothers Jim and Willie, who would also become successful players and managers.

Playing career[edit]

A traditional tricky winger, McLean started his career at Kilmarnock, where at one point all three brothers were at the club together, Jim and Tommy as players and Willie as a coach. He joined Rangers in 1971 for £65,000 and was involved in the clubs famous 1972 Cup Winners Cup triumph. He went on to play 452 times for Rangers, winning three League championships, four Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.

McLean was capped six times by Scotland, with all his appearances coming as a Kilmarnock player. He also represented the Scottish League XI seven times.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

After his playing career he became Rangers' assistant manager. Thereafter he had spells in management with Morton, Motherwell (a ten-year spell during which the club won the Scottish Cup in 1991), Hearts, Raith Rovers and Dundee United, before becoming Under-19 coach at Rangers.

His spell at Raith Rovers in 1996 was remarkable for lasting only six days and encompassing only one game; the lure of working under his brother Jim, by then chairman of Dundee United, saw him quit Stark's Park for Tannadice amidst substantial acrimony.

McLean returned to Rangers in May 2001 as director of youth development,[3] after he had held a similar post at Dundee United since October 2000.[4]

Tommy is married to wife Beth. Their daughter Lorna was born in 1991.







  1. ^ "Tommy McLean". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "McLean makes Rangers return". BBC Sport website. 2001-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Tommy's return meets with criticism". BBC Sport website. 2000-10-13. 

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