Neil McCann

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Neil McCann is a former Scottish midfielder who was born in Greenock, Iverclyde on 8th November 1974. McCann began his career at Dundee, making his debut in 1992/93. He became a regular at Dens Park the following campaign. His form earned him a move to Hearts in 1996. McCann was a key figure for The Jambos the following two years, and became a fans favourite after scoring the winner against local rivals Hibernian on 15th March 1997. The former Dundee wide man repeated the same feat the following season, when he scored the only goal of the game in another Derby day win on 30th August 1997. On 16th May 1998 McCann picked up a Scottish Cup final winners medal after a 2-1 win over Rangers.

On September 5th 1998 McCann made his international debut for Scotland in a 0-0 draw at Lithuania. The winger moved to Rangers in December 1998 for 2,000,000. Ironically, McCann made his debut at Tynecastle on December 19th 1998 in a 3-2 win at former club Hearts. He played a key role in Rangers 1999 title win, scoring five times in four matches between February and March. McCann scored a brace in a 3-0 win at Celtic Park on 2nd May 1999, which clinched the SPL for the Ibrox outfit. The Scottish star picked up two further league winners medals in 2000 and 2003, as well as three Scottish Cup's and two League Cup trophies. McCann lost his place in the Gers starting line up in his final campaign in 2002/03.

On 5th August 2003 McCann signed for Gordon Strachan's Southampton for £1,500,000. The former Rangers man made his debut on 16th August 2003 in a 2-2 draw at Leicester. McCann was mainly used from the bench at St Marys in his first season at the club, after struggling for form and fitness. He fared slightly better at international level however, scoring goals against Faroe Islands and Germany. Things didn't go well for McCann domestically though, who was booed after coming on in a dire 0-0 draw with Leicester on 7th January 2004. He scored his first goal for the club on 22nd September 2004 in a 3-0 League Cup win at Northampton. McCann was only a bit part player for Saints in their 2004/05 relegation campaign, as he was the following year in the Championship.

On 17th January 2006 McCann returned to Tynecastle to resign for Hearts on a free transfer. He made his second debut at Kilmarnock on January 21st, but suffered a serious injury that kept him out for the rest of the season. McCann returned to fitness on July 26th 2006 to start in Hearts Champions League qualifier with NK Siroki Brijeg. He managed a full term of regular football before suffering another bad injury 25th August 2007, when he was hit with a double leg break after a challenge with Celtic's Scott Brown. McCann returned in January, but only made two further appearances for The Jambos.

McCann joined Falkirk on 14th May 2008. He scored on his debut against former club Hearts on 13th September 2008 and helped Falkirk survive in their relegation battle after a good late run. McCann also collected a Scottish Cup runners up medal after playing in the 1-0 final defeat against former club Rangers on 30th May 2009. He was released by Falkirk in August 2009.

Since finishing with Falkirk, McCann has gone on to work for Sky Sports as a pundit in their coverage of Scottish football. The winger briefly came out of retirement in February 2011 to play three games for his first club Dundee. McCann scored in his first game back on 12th February in a 2-1 victory over Raith Rovers.