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Derek Whyte (born 31 August 1968) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Celtic, Middlesbrough, Aberdeen and Partick Thistle. He also won twelve caps for Scotland during his 18-year playing career. He participated at Euro 1992, Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Derek Whyte
Personal information
Full name Derek Whyte[1]
Date of birth (1968-08-31) 31 August 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1992 Celtic 215 (7)
1992–1997 Middlesbrough 167 (2)
1997–2002 Aberdeen 134 (0)
2002–2004 Partick Thistle 40 (0)
Total 556 (9)
National team
1986–1989 Scotland U21 9 (0)
1990–1996 Scotland B 4 (0)
1987–1999 Scotland 12 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Partick Thistle (joint manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Whyte joined Celtic on 14 May 1985 as a 16-year-old from the Celtic Boys Club. A defender with the greatest of promise, described as the new Billy McNeill, his form slumped towards the end of his time at the club. He left at the end of the 1991–92 season when an agreeable new contract was not forthcoming. He was sold to Middlesbrough for £900,000 where he returned to the early good form he had shown at Celtic.

After 5 seasons on Teesside, Whyte left Middlesbrough to return to Scotland, joining Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee and a four and a half year contract in December 1997. He was appointed team captain at Pittodrie and remained there until 2002, when he joined Partick Thistle on a free transfer.

Along with Gerry Britton, Whyte was appointed joint player-manager of the Jags after Gerry Collins was sacked in November 2003.[2] In March 2004 he decided to hang up his playing boots to concentrate on management.[3] Whyte and Britton were sacked by Thistle in December 2004.[4] Soon afterwards he moved to the United Arab Emirates. He is now a pundit on ShowSports, the sports channel on the Showtime Arabia network, based in Dubai, and writes a weekly column for the UAE's leading daily newspaper 7DAYS.[5]


  1. ^ "Derek Whyte". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Britton and Whyte keep Jags role". BBC Sport. 23 December 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Whyte gives up playing". BBC Sport. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (20 December 2004). "Legend Lambie makes comeback at Partick". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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