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Alan James McLaren (born 4 January 1971 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Heart of Midlothian and Rangers.

Alan McLaren
Personal information
Full name Alan James McLaren
Date of birth (1971-01-04) 4 January 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1994 Heart of Midlothian 182 (6)
1994–1998 Rangers 78 (5)
National team
1992–1995 Scotland 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit


McLaren started his career with Hearts in 1987 and made over 180 appearances for the Tynecastle club. He moved to Rangers in October 1994 in a £2m part-exchange deal, with Dave McPherson moving the opposite direction. He made his debut against Old Firm rivals Celtic on 30 October 1994 in a 3–1 win at Hampden Park.

He was forced to retire from football in 1998, aged 27, due to injury. His final appearance for Rangers was as captain in a 1–0 win over Dundee United.[1]

On 2 March 1999, Rangers played English club Middlesbrough in a testimonial match for McLaren at Ibrox in front of 49,468 spectators. McLaren scored a penalty in a 4–4 draw.


McLaren also won 24 caps for Scotland. He was named in the squad for UEFA Euro 1992, but did not feature in any matches. He was forced to miss UEFA Euro 1996 through injury, being replaced by Derek Whyte in the squad.[2]

Post football careerEdit

McLaren became an ambassador for charity Football Aid and a regular pundit on Rangers TV.[3]


  1. ^ "Knee injury forces young Rangers defender into an early retirement The game is finally over for McLaren". The Herald. The Herald (Glasgow). 14 May 1998.
  2. ^ "SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR EURO 96". The Independent. 29 May 1996.
  3. ^ Halliday, Stephen (28 March 2016). "Where are they now? Rangers' 9-in-a-row clinching team". The Scotsman.

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