Derek James Parlane (born 5 May 1953) is a Scottish former professional football striker who played for Rangers from 1970 until 1980, and also played in England with clubs including Leeds United and Manchester City.

Derek Parlane
Personal information
Full name Derek James Parlane[1]
Date of birth (1953-05-05) 5 May 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Helensburgh, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Dumbarton Castle Rock
Queen's Park[2]
1970–1971 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1980 Rangers 202 (80)
1980–1983 Leeds United 50 (10)
1983Bulova (loan) ? (8)
1983–1985 Manchester City 48 (20)
1985 Swansea City 21 (3)
1985–1986 Racing Jet 2 (0)
1986–1988 Rochdale 42 (10)
1988 Airdrieonians 9 (4)
1988–1990 Macclesfield Town 27 (2)
1990–1991 Curzon Ashton
National team
1973–1975[3] Scotland U23 5 (1)
1973–1974[4] Scottish League XI 2 (0)
1973–1977 Scotland 12 (1)
1977[5] Scotland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Rangers and Leeds UnitedEdit

Raised in the small village of Rhu, Parlane joined Rangers as a teenager, following in the footsteps of his father Jimmy who had a spell with the club in the 1940s.[6][7] He became an important player at Ibrox, making 300 appearances and winning three Scottish League championships, three Scottish Cups, three Scottish League Cups and the 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup;[8][9] he was capped by Scotland 12 times (with one Under-21 cap). Furthermore, Parlane was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2010.

He moved to Leeds United in March 1980 but it wasn't a very successful stay.[6] He scored 10 goals in 53 appearances for Leeds before going to Hong Kong on loan to Bulova.[6]

Manchester City and later careerEdit

On 14 July 1983, new Manchester City manager Billy McNeill brought Parlane to Maine Road;[6] he linked up with another newcomer, fellow Scot Jim Tolmie and on their debut for the Blues on Saturday 27 August 1983, City beat Crystal Palace 2–1 at Selhurst Park in the Second Division. Parlane and Tolmie each scored one which set a precedent for the rest of the season. In all, Parlane scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for City, a healthy return.

The 1984–85 season did not start well for Parlane as City signed David Phillips from Coventry City and Tony Cunningham from Newcastle United to bolster their attack. Parlane got injured in September 1984 and was sold to Swansea City in January 1985. After the season finished he played in New Zealand for the summer with North Shore United. He spent the 1985–86 season in Belgium with Racing Jet, before returning to play two seasons with Rochdale from 1986 to 1988, playing 42 games and scoring 10 times. His last professional club was Airdrie in the 1987–88 season, he scored 4 goals in 9 games, before signing for then non-league outfit Macclesfield Town in England.


  1. ^ "Derek Parlane". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ Sport – Derek Parlane, Heroes Centre (Helensburgh)
  3. ^ Scotland U23 player Parlane, Derek, FitbaStats
  4. ^ SFL player Derek James Parlane, London Hearts Supporters Club
  5. ^ Scotland U21 player Parlane, Derek, FitbaStats
  6. ^ a b c d Interview: Derek Parlane, from skinny Rangers boy to Maine man at Man City, The Scotsman, 18 May 2019
  7. ^ Rangers player Parlane, Jimmy, FitbaStats
  8. ^ Hall of Fame: Derek Parlane, Rangers FC
  9. ^ Rangers player Parlane, Derek, FitbaStats

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