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Murdo MacLeod

Murdo MacLeod
Personal information
Full name Murdo Davidson MacLeod
Date of birth (1958-09-24) 24 September 1958
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Glasgow Amateurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Dumbarton 87 (9)
1978–1987 Celtic 281 (55)
1987–1990 Borussia Dortmund 103 (4)
1990–1993 Hibernian 78 (2)
1993–1995 Dumbarton 66 (1)
1995–1996 Partick Thistle 1 (0)
National team
1978 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
1985–1991 Scotland 20 (1)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Dumbarton
1995–1997 Partick Thistle

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

† Appearances (goals)

Murdo Davidson MacLeod[1] (Scottish Gaelic: Murchadh MacDhaibhidh MacLeòid; born 24 September 1958 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. MacLeod, who played as a midfielder, made 20 appearances for Scotland and played in the 1990 World Cup Finals. He had a successful club career, mainly with Dumbarton, Celtic, Borussia Dortmund and Hibernian. He then became a manager during the mid-1990s, serving both Dumbarton and Partick Thistle. MacLeod then returned to Celtic as assistant manager, enjoying a successful season in tandem with Wim Jansen. Since leaving Celtic as a result of Jansen's departure from Celtic Park in 1998, MacLeod has worked as a football pundit for newspapers, radio and television.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Media work 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Honours 5
    • Manager 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Playing career

MacLeod made his name with Dumbarton in the mid-1970s. He earned selection by the Scottish League in 1978, playing in a 1–1 draw against the Italian League.[2] MacLeod moved to Celtic later that year for a £100,000 transfer fee.[3] During his nine years at Celtic Park, MacLeod won five league titles, two Scottish Cups and one League Cup. MacLeod has the distinction of being awarded with scoring the greatest ever Old Firm goal, in a vote by Celtic supporters in 2000. The goal helped Celtic win the league championship in 1979, in a decisive match against Rangers.

MacLeod rejected a contract offer from Celtic in May 1987[4] and moved to German club Borussia Dortmund a month later.[5] MacLeod played in 103 Bundesliga games during four years at the Westfalenstadion. He won the German Cup and Super Cup. He returned to Scotland with Hibernian, where he captained the club to a victory in the 1991 Scottish League Cup Final.

MacLeod had to wait until late in his career before becoming a Scotland regular. He made his debut appearance as a substitute against England in the 1985 Rous Cup.[6] He made his first starting appearance for Scotland in October 1986, aged 28.[6] MacLeod went on to win a total of 20 caps, playing in the 1990 FIFA World Cup tournament.

Coaching career

After a successful playing career, he returned to Dumbarton as player-coach. He guided the club to promotion from Division 2 with a last day win over Stirling Albion in 1995. In the summer of 1995, MacLeod left the Sons to manage Premier League club Partick Thistle. MacLeod's tenure at Firhill was unsuccessful, as the club were relegated at the end of the 1995–96 season. He re-joined Celtic as assistant coach under Wim Jansen, where he helped the club win a league and league cup double in their only season in charge.[7]

Media work

MacLeod has written for the Daily Record and commentated on football for BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland.[7] MacLeod has also worked as a Scottish football analyst on Newstalk radio in Ireland. In 2012 he starred on the CBeebies show "My Story" with his 2 grandsons, Murdo Jnr. and Ross.[8]

Personal life

MacLeod was admitted to Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank during January 2010 to have a heart operation.[7]

MacLeod endorsed the Conservative Party in the 2010 General Election, campaigning for their candidate in the Argyll & Bute constituency.[9]





  1. ^ "Murdo MacLeod". London Hearts. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Murdo MacLeod". (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Paul, Ian (6 May 1983). "MacLeod refuses to re-sign for Celtic". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Jim (14 May 1987). "MacLeod joins list of Parkhead rebels". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, Jim (15 June 1987). "Johnston opts to sign for Nantes". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Reynolds, Jim (15 October 1986). "MacLeod finally earns his Scotland place". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ex-Celt Murdo MacLeod makes progress from heart surger".  
  8. ^ Hendry, Steve (23 September 2012). "Scotland legend Murdo MacLeod looks back on infamous game with Brazil that left him dazed". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Scotland footballer Murdo MacLeod backs Tories".  

External links

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  • Murdo MacLeod career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
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