Brian McLean

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This article is about the Northern Ireland footballer. For the New Zealand rugby union coach Brian "Aussie" McLean, see Brian McLean (rugby union).
Brian McLean
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McLean playing for Motherwell
Personal information
Full name Brian Stuart McLean
Date of birth (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current team
Brunei DPMM
Number 5
Youth career
Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Rangers 0 (0)
2005–2006 Motherwell (loan) 30 (3)
2006–2009 Motherwell 25 (2)
2009–2011 Falkirk 67 (3)
2011–2012 Preston North End 16 (1)
2012–2013 Dundee United 29 (0)
2013–2014 Ross County 26 (0)
2015– Brunei DPMM 46 (5)
National team
Scotland U17
2006 Northern Ireland[1] 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5:27, 27 October 2016 (UTC).


Brian Stuart McLean[2] (born 28 February 1985 in Rutherglen) is a professional footballer who plays for Brunei DPMM, a Brunei-based club playing in Singapore, as a centre back. He began his career in Scotland as a youth and reserve player with Rangers before joining Motherwell in 2005, initially on loan. He then joined Falkirk in 2009 before joining Preston North End in England two years later. After returning to Scotland with Dundee United and then Ross County, he moved to Brunei DPMM in 2015 and won the S.League title in his first season.

McLean played for the Scotland under-17 team before choosing to represent Northern Ireland, for whom he made one full international appearance in 2006. Due to an administrative error, however, he was subsequently declared ineligible to have switched his nationality, thus ending his international career.

Club career[edit]

McLean is primarily a centre back, but he can also play at right back or left back.[3] He started his career as a youth player with Rangers. However, a lack of first team opportunities led to him joining Motherwell on loan during the 2005–06 season.[4] During his loan spell, he won the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month award for March 2006.[5] Motherwell signed him on a permanent basis in April 2006 after he impressed during his loan spell.[6]

On 18 July 2008 he suffered significant damage to his knee in a tackle by Argentinian striker Diego Ruiz during a pre-season friendly against CFR Cluj.[7] He resumed a first team place on 28 March 2009, in a 2–1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

On 1 July 2009 he signed a two-year contract with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk.[8] He became Eddie May's first signing, but Falkirk were relegated to the First Division in 2010. McLean left Falkirk at the end of the 2010–11 season.[3]

McLean was signed by Football League One club Preston North End on a two-year contract, after a trial period, on 2 August 2011.[3] McLean scored his first goal for Preston North End against Notts County from a Paul Parry corner, heading in from about six yards out. He was transfer listed by the club in May 2012.[9]

He signed a two-year deal with Dundee United on 14 June 2012.[10] On 25 July 2013, it was announced McLean had left Dundee United by mutual consent; he later signed for Ross County on 30 July 2013.[11] He left Ross County at the end of the 2013–14 season.[12]

On 16 February 2015, McLean signed for DPMM FC, a Bruneian football team playing in Singapore's S.League.[13] He scored his first goal for the club against Hougang United on 4 April.[14] He won the S.League title in his first season, scoring in every competition that he played in.[15]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in Scotland, McLean was eligible to play for Northern Ireland through his family. However he had previously appeared for Scotland U17's in a UEFA competition in 2002, and was required to state his change of allegiance prior to his 21st birthday. Unfortunately, due to an administration error[16] McLean was not registered before this deadline and is now ineligible to represent Northern Ireland,[17] effectively ending his international career. During his short international career McLean did not appear in any competitive games, although he was due to play in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying game against Liechtenstein before being ruled ineligible.

Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of SFA referee Steven McLean.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 October 2016
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2004–05 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motherwell (loan) 2005–06 30 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 34 3
Motherwell 2006–07 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2007–08 9 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 11 1
2008–09 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
Total 55 5 2 0 4 1 0 0 61 6
Falkirk 2009–10 36 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 40 1
2010–11 36 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
Total 67 3 3 0 4 0 3 0 77 3
Preston 2011–12 16 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 18 2
Dundee United 2012–13 29 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 34 1
Ross County 2013–14 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
DPMM 2015 24 2 5 1 3 1 0 0 32 4
2016 22 3 2 1 5 0 0 0 29 4
Total 46 54 7 2 8 1 0 0 61 8
Career total 239 14 15 3 20 2 5 1 276 21

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Brunei DPMM

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.11v11.com/matches/northern-ireland-v-estonia-01-march-2006-273783/
  2. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football League Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  3. ^ a b c "Preston sign ex-Falkirk defender Brian McLean". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Motherwell snap up two defenders". BBC Sport. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Motherwell pair scoop monthly awards". spfl.co.uk. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Motherwell agree deal for McLean". BBC Sport. 21 April 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mark McGhee blasts friendly opposition after Brian McLean left with serious knee injury following tackle". Daily Record (Glasgow). 21 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Defender McLean signs for Falkirk". BBC Sport. 1 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Graham Westley wields the axe at Preston North End". BBC Sport. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "McLean makes Terrors move". Sky Sports. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ross County sign up Brian McLean and Graham Carey". BBC Sport. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Parks, Gordon (14 July 2014). "Personality clash with Ross County boss Derek Adams to blame for Brian McLean's departure from Dingwall". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "DPMM FC players, sponsors sign contracts for new season". The Brunei Times. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Debutant Sergio fires DPMM to victory". S.League.com. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Sergio Stars To Help Wasps Clinch First-Ever Title". S.League. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  16. ^ Blunder ends NI career for McLean, BBC Sport, 13 April 2006.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24. , Irish Football Association 13 April 2006
  18. ^ Hanlon, Nick (14 December 2012). "Referee Steven McLean: I booked my brother and threatened to tell our mum". Daily Record. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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