Robert Malcolm (born 12 November 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish former football player and current assistant manager of Lowland league team Kelty Hearts under Barry Ferguson.[2]

Bob Malcolm
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Personal information
Full name Robert Malcolm[1]
Date of birth (1980-11-12) 12 November 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back/Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kelty Hearts (assistant manager)
Youth career
1994–1999 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Rangers 88 (3)
2006–2008 Derby County 10 (0)
2007–2008Queens Park Rangers (loan) 11 (0)
2008–2009 Motherwell 21 (3)
2009–2010 Brisbane Roar 11 (0)
2010 Dundee 4 (0)
2011 Cowdenbeath 2 (0)
Total 147 (6)
National team
2001 Scotland U21 1 (0)
2002–2004 Scotland B 3 (1)
Teams managed
2017 Clyde (caretaker)
2018– Kelty Hearts (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:45, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Malcolm played as a centre back or defensive midfielder for Rangers, Derby County, Queens Park Rangers (on loan), Motherwell, Brisbane Roar, Dundee and Cowdenbeath. He also represented Scotland in under-21 and 'B' team international matches.

Since retiring as a player, Malcolm has worked as a coach. He assisted Barry Ferguson during his time as manager of Blackpool and Clyde.

Playing careerEdit

RangersEdit

He began his career playing for Scottish Premier League team Rangers, either as a centre back or a defensive midfielder. A graduate of the club's youth system, Malcolm played 115 games (three goals) in all competitions across his seven years as a senior player at Rangers,[3] winning four major honours (two league titles, a Scottish Cup and a Scottish League Cup).

In May 2004, Malcolm was fined £5,000 after signing "FTP" (an acronym depicting "Fuck The Pope") alongside an autograph for a fan.[4][5] Anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth made Rangers aware of the incident which took place at a private club function.[6] In November 2004, Malcolm was sent-off from the dug-out at Ibrox Stadium and escorted to the dressing room by two police officers for making what was reported to have been obscene gestures towards fans of rival Scottish club Celtic, during an Old Firm derby. However, he did return to the bench later in the match.[7][8]

Despite playing 17 times for Rangers during season 2005–06 under Alex McLeish, he was not in the plans of new manager Paul Le Guen for the new season and was left out of the squad's pre-season trip to South Africa.[9] He had been linked with moves to Dundee United,[10] Ipswich Town,[11] Coventry City,[11] Wolverhampton Wanderers,[11] Preston North End[12] and Millwall[12] before being released by Rangers on 31 August 2006.[13]

Derby CountyEdit

Malcolm signed for Derby County on 6 September.[14] He played a part in The Rams promotion to the English Premier League, but injuries hampered his progress at the Derby[15] and on 16 November 2007 he joined Championship club Queens Park Rangers on loan until 1 January 2008, where he joined up with ex-Derby teammates Lee Camp and Adam Bolder.[16]

On 28 December 2007, Malcolm was suspended by Derby County after he was charged by police with a drink driving offence, although he was playing for QPR at the time. The charge related to an alleged incident on the M1 motorway in Derbyshire the previous morning. He was bailed to appear before Chesterfield Magistrates Court on 16 January 2008.[17] During this hearing the case was adjourned until 29 January.[18] After the adjournment Malcolm admitted to being unfit to drive through drink and he was subsequently banned from driving.[19][4] On 31 January 2008 Malcolm had his Derby County contract paid up by manager Paul Jewell,[20] after playing only 14 games for The Rams, with one Premier League appearance in a 6–0 defeat at Liverpool.[21]

MotherwellEdit

Reports in February 2008 had linked him with a move to FC Dallas,[citation needed] but, after failing a fitness test, he instead opted to join Scottish Premier League side Motherwell on 26 February 2008, signing a contract until the end of the 2007–08 season.[22] Malcolm then signed a further one-year deal with the club on 10 July 2008.[23][24]

Brisbane RoarEdit

Malcolm signed for Queensland-based A-League team Brisbane Roar in July 2009 where former Rangers teammates Craig Moore and Charlie Miller played at the time.[25][4][5] He was released by the Roar after the team started a rebuilding phase under new coach Ange Postecoglou.

DundeeEdit

In March 2010, Malcolm moved back to Scotland, with First Division hopefuls Dundee.[26] Having made three appearances for Dundee he was released by the club on 4 May 2010, along with 8 other players.[27]

CowdenbeathEdit

Malcolm signed for Cowdenbeath in March 2011. He was released in May 2011 following Cowdenbeath's relegation to the Second Division.[28] After missing a year through injury, Malcolm trained with East Fife in July 2012.[29] However, ultimately he never played for another senior club.

InternationalEdit

Malcolm made appearances for both Scotland U21[30] and Scotland B.[31] He was also called up to the senior Scotland team in February 2003[32] but was ultimately never capped at that level.

Coaching careerEdit

Malcolm was appointed to a coaching position at Blackpool in January 2014, working for his former Rangers teammate Barry Ferguson. In a match against Burnley in April 2014, Malcolm was filmed pushing Blackpool player Stephen Dobbie in the face.[33] Ferguson subsequently admitted that tensions were a "bit high".[33] Blackpool avoided relegation from the Football League Championship, but Ferguson and Malcolm left the club at the end of the 2013–14 season.

Ferguson was appointed manager of Scottish League Two club Clyde and in June 2014 recruited Malcolm to be a coach.[34] Malcolm was promoted to the position of assistant manager at Clyde in August 2014.[35] After Ferguson resigned on 26 February, Malcolm took caretaker charge of one match.[36]

In October 2017, Malcolm was seen operating an ice cream van in Glasgow's Barlanark neighbourhood, filling in for a relative who owned the operation.[37]

StatisticsEdit

Playing statisticsEdit

As of 1 January 2008

Season Club Games Goals Notes
1999–2000 Rangers 3 0
2000–01 Rangers 9 0
2001–02 Rangers 8 0
2002–03 Rangers 33 0 SPL winner and Scottish Cup winner medals
2003–04 Rangers 17 0
2004–05 Rangers 29 0 SPL winner and Scottish League Cup winner medals
2005–06 Rangers 17 0
2006–07 Derby County 12 0 Promoted to Premier League
2007–08 Derby County 2 0
2007–08 Queens Park Rangers 11 0 On loan from Derby County
2007–08 Motherwell 12 0

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 28 February 2017[38]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Clyde (interim) Scotland 25 February 2017 2 March 2017 2 0 0 2 000.00
Total 2 0 0 2 000.00

HonoursEdit

Rangers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bob Malcolm". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Rangers legend Barry Ferguson agrees deal to join Kelty Hearts as manager". Daily Record. 18 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Rangers player Bob Malcolm". FitbaStats. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Bob Malcolm flees Scotland to join Brisbane Roar after press scrutiny". Fox Sports. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Malcolm no longer in the middle of controversy". The Age. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Scottish Christian News Monitor for May 15–31, 2004". Scottish Christian. Reuters. 20 May 2004. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2006.
  7. ^ McHugh, Joe (21 November 2004). "Mayhem Two Sent off as Bhoys Crash, But O'Neill Insists:". Sunday Mirror. bnet. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Bedlam in Govan as the infamous Ibrox battle of 1987 is revisited". The Scotsman. 21 November 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Le Guen needing players to move". BBC Sport. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "Bob Malcolm In?". Vital Football. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  11. ^ a b "Wednesday's football gossip". BBC Sport. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  12. ^ "Rangers release defensive quartet". BBC Sport. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  13. ^ "Derby complete signing of Malcolm". BBC Sport. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  14. ^ "Malcolm facing extended lay-off". BBC Sport. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  15. ^ "Championship – Malcolm joins QPR on loan". Yahoo!. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008.[dead link]
  16. ^ Rutledge, Lewis (28 December 2007). "Malcolm suspended by Rams". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  17. ^ "Malcolm case Adjourned". Derby County official website. 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
  18. ^ "Drunk footballer was asleep on M1". BBC. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
  19. ^ "Nyatanga and Malcolm head out". Derby County official website. 31 January 2008. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  20. ^ Bevan, Chris (1 September 2007). "Liverpool 6–0 Derby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  21. ^ "Malcolm seals Motherwell switch". BBC Sport. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  22. ^ "Malcolm nets new Motherwell deal" BBC Sport website (10 July 2008)
  23. ^ "Player archive: Bob Malcolm". MotherWellNet. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Malcolm completes move Down Under". BBC. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  25. ^ [1][permanent dead link], Dundee FC, 5 June 2010.
  26. ^ "Dundee aim to axe 16 from squad". BBC Sport. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  27. ^ http://www.cowdenbeathfc.com/index.php?act=viewNews&id=700
  28. ^ "Malcolm interests East Fife". Scottish Football League. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Scotland U21 player Bob Malcolm". FitbaStats. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  30. ^ "Scotland B player Bob Malcolm". FitbaStats. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  31. ^ "Scots call on Old Firm duo". BBC. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  32. ^ a b "Ferguson denies unrest after Bob Malcolm bust up". The Scotsman. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  33. ^ Jack, Chris (30 June 2014). "Bob Malcolm: Barry Ferguson and I want to be winners at Clyde like Rangers". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  34. ^ Malcolm named Clyde No 2, SPFL
  35. ^ "Tuesday Night's Match". Clyde FC. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  36. ^ "Former Rangers star Bob Malcolm reveals he's revelling in new ice cream van man role". Daily Record. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  37. ^ "Clyde manager Bob Malcolm". FitbaStats. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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