Scott McDonald is an Australian centre forward who was born in Melbourne, Australia on 21st August 1983. McDonald played for Gippsland Falcans and Cranbourne Comets as a youngster, before being picked up by Southampton in late 1999 after impressing for Australia at U17 level. He made his Saints debut under manager Stuart Gray on 11th September 2001 in a 3-0 League Cup victory at Brighton. He would go on to make to Premiership appearances against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, before falling out of favour in October 2001 following the arrival of new boss Gordon Strachan.
McDonald joined Huddersfield on loan in July 2002. He scored just once in a three month spell. McDonald had another loan stint later that season at Bournemouth, where he netted a single goal against Shrewsbury. The Australian striker was released by Southampton in the summer of 2003. He had a trial at Brentford before being signed by Wimbledon on a short term basis. McDonald made just two appearances for the Dons, making his debut against Crystal Palace on 23rd August 2003.
In January 2004 McDonald signed for SPL outfit Motherwell. He made the perfect start with a debut goal in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over St Johnstone on 10th January 2004. McDonald went on to score one more goal that season. It wasn't until 2004/05 that McDonald really came into his own, however. He scored 15 goals in 32 games, helping Motherwell to a top 6 finish. He played a huge role in the title race that season, scoring two late goals against Celtic on the final day; handing Rangers the league. McDonald continued his prolific goalscoring form the following two campaigns, becoming a fan favourite at Fir Park.
On 30th July 2007 McDonald signed for Celtic. The move came as a slight surprise considering he had effectively cost the club the title two years earlier. McDonald rejected an offer from Rangers to sign with Gordon Strachan, the man who had discarded him at Southampton. He made his debut in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow on 15th August 2007. McDonald soon won over Celtic fans after netting in the return leg against Spartak at Parkhead. He scored 31 goals in all competitions during 2007/08 (More than any other SPL player), helping Celtic to a league title. McDonald grabbed two hatricks, against Dundee United and former club Motherwell. He also got a brace against rivals Rangers, and scored a famous last minute winner against Milan. McDonald continued his impressive run of form in 2008/09, with 17 goals. On 27th December 2008 he scored the only goal of the game in an Old Firm Derby at Ibrox. That wasn't enough for Celtic however, who finished runners up to Rangers that campaign. McDonald started the 2009/10 season well under new Celtic boss Tony Mowbray. He scored in what turned out to be his final match for the Bhoys, a 1-1 draw with Rangers on 3rd January 2010.
McDonald was linked with a move to Wigan in January 2010, but would ended up signing with Championship outfit Middlesbrough, where he was reunited with Gordon Strachan yet again. He made his debut in a 2-1 win over Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium on 9th February 2010. McDonald scored his first Boro goal in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle on 13th March 2010, one of four for the club that campaign. McDonald performed reasonably during 2010/11 despite Middlesbrough's struggles in the Championship. When Strachan left the club mid-season, he was replaced by the same man who had filled his shoes at Celtic, Tony Mowbray. McDonald enjoyed a decent run of form towards the end of the season, helping Middlesbrough climb up the table to finish 12th. His goals helped Boro challenge for promotion in 2011/12.