Alex Cleland Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Alexander Cleland
  • Born: December 10th, 1970 (Glasgow)
  • Height: 5' 8
  • Position: Full Back
  • Signed: July 1st, 1986
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 183 appearances, 10 goals
  • Also Played For: Everton, Rangers


Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1994-95 21 1 6 0 19.0% 33.3% 47.6%
1993-94 40 (3) 1 2 0 37.2% 37.2% 25.6%
1992-93 24 (4) 0 2 0 46.4% 10.7% 42.9%
1991-92 26 (7) 4 0 1 42.4% 24.2% 33.3%
1990-91 23 (5) 3 1 0 53.6% 17.9% 28.6%
1989-90 14 (3) 1 1 0 47.1% 23.5% 29.4%
1988-89 10 (2) 0 0 0 33.3% 41.7% 25.0%
1987-88 1 0 0 0 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Totals: 159 (24) 10


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 14/01/95 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 2
 07/01/95 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
 02/01/95 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
 31/12/94 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 4
 04/12/94 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
 07/01/95 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
 19/03/94 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2
 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 07/01/95 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 19/03/94 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 2
 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 30/11/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 18/09/90 1st Round 1st Leg vs. FH (A)  3 - 1
 01/09/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 14/01/95 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 2
 07/01/95 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 02/01/95 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 31/12/94 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 4
 04/12/94 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 3
 19/11/94 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  5 - 2
 08/11/94 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 1
 05/11/94 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 2
 29/10/94 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 3
 22/10/94 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 15/10/94 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  0 - 1
 08/10/94 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 0
 29/09/94 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Tatran Prešov (A)  1 - 3
 24/09/94 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 21/09/94 Quarter Final vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 17/09/94 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 10/09/94 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 31/08/94 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  2 - 2
 27/08/94 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 20/08/94 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 13/08/94 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 5
 21/05/94 Final vs. Rangers (N)  1 - 0
 14/05/94 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 3
 07/05/94 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 2
 03/05/94 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 30/04/94 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 0
 26/04/94 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 3
 23/04/94 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 16/04/94 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 12/04/94 Semi Final Rep. vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 0
 09/04/94 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 1
 05/04/94 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 02/04/94 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 3
 29/03/94 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 26/03/94 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 19/03/94 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 2
 15/03/94 Quarter Final Rep. vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 12/03/94 Quarter Final vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 0
 05/03/94 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 01/03/94 4th Round Replay vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 26/02/94 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 0
 29/01/94 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  3 - 2
 25/01/94 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 22/01/94 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 15/01/94 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 0
 08/01/94 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  3 - 0
 18/12/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  0 - 1
 11/12/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  3 - 0
 07/12/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 1
 04/12/93 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 0
 30/11/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 20/11/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 2
 13/11/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 06/11/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 30/10/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 23/10/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 16/10/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 2
 02/10/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 28/09/93 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Brøndby (H)  3 - 1
 25/09/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 0
 21/09/93 Semi Final vs. Hibernian (N)  0 - 1
 18/09/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 10/08/93 2nd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 0
 07/08/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 15/05/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 4
 08/05/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  3 - 1
 20/04/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  4 - 0
 17/04/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  3 - 0
 13/04/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 3
 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1
 16/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H)  3 - 1
 05/01/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 3
 07/11/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 2
 24/10/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 1
 17/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 07/10/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 03/10/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 26/09/92 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 4
 19/09/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 1
 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 02/09/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 26/08/92 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 3
 22/08/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 0
 15/08/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 2
 11/08/92 2nd Round vs. QOS (H)  6 - 0
 08/08/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 05/08/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  1 - 0
 01/08/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 02/05/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 25/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 18/04/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 11/04/92 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 28/03/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 08/02/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 18/01/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 3
 11/01/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 04/01/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 3
 21/12/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 14/12/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  0 - 0
 30/11/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 16/11/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 09/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 08/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  0 - 0
 31/08/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 24/08/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 17/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 24/04/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 20/04/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 16/04/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 19/01/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 0
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 02/01/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 01/12/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 24/11/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 3
 17/11/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 10/11/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 1
 07/11/90 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitesse (H)  0 - 4
 03/11/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 24/10/90 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Vitesse (A)  0 - 1
 20/10/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 13/10/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H)  2 - 2
 29/09/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N)  0 - 2
 22/09/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 18/09/90 1st Round 1st Leg vs. FH (A)  3 - 1
 15/09/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 08/09/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 0
 04/09/90 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 0
 01/09/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 28/08/90 3rd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  3 - 1
 25/08/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 1
 21/08/90 2nd Round vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  3 - 0
 05/05/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 0
 28/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 21/04/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 18/04/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 07/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 31/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 10/03/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 03/03/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 3
 17/02/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 09/12/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 18/11/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 04/10/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 0
 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 0
 23/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 16/09/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 2
 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 01/04/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 11/03/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 4
 21/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 01/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 24/09/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 20/09/88 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 2
 17/09/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 06/09/88 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Floriana (A)  0 - 0
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 31/08/88 Quarter Final vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 27/08/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 13/08/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0


Biography


Alex was a schoolboy international who joined United’s youth programme in 1986 and very quickly progressed, becoming part of the Scotland Under-16 and youth squads. He was soon a regular in United's reserve side and made his first team debut aged 17 against Morton towards the end of the 1987-88 Premier League campaign.

A versatile defender who played mainly at right-back, he graduated to the Scotland Under-21 set up, gaining several caps at that level, and lined up in the United first team occasionally over the next two seasons, scoring his first senior goal in a UEFA Cup tie against Glentoran in September 1989. By 1990-91, he was a regular in the side but was hindered by serious injury, breaking his leg in the latter half of that season. After recovering, Alex was re-established in the line-up and had three more successful years with United, culminating in the 1994 Scottish Cup run where he played in every round on the way to the final. He collected a Scottish Cup winner’s medal in May when United defeated Rangers at Hampden to lift the trophy for the first time in the Club's history.

Whilst still a regular in the starting eleven the next season, in January 1995 he was surprisingly transferred to Rangers along with Gary Bollan for a total fee reported at £750,000. Whilst at Ibrox, he won a second Scottish Cup medal, a League Cup medal and was also in three championship winning squads. He left in July 1998 to follow manager Walter Smith to Everton, but his time in England was blighted by a troublesome calf injury. After just 35 appearances in four seasons at Goodison Park, he retired in January 2003 aged 32.

He moved back north to become assistant manager at East Stirlingshire before becoming youth coach at Partick Thistle in January 2004. Six months later he moved to Livingston in the same capacity and served as caretaker manager on two occasions, stepping in for. He left Almondvale in May 2007 and went on to hold coaching roles at Rangers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle before joining St Johnstone in June 2009. He again served as caretaker manager in October 2011 after the departure of Derek McInnes, and in June 2018 was appointed assistant manager to Tommy Wright.





Debut

April 30th, 1988
Greenock Morton 0 - 4 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Alex was born on this date in Glasgow.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Alex was a schoolboy international who joined United’s youth programme in 1986 and very quickly progressed, becoming part of the Scotland Under-16 and youth squads. He was soon a regular in United's reserve side and made his first team debut aged 17 against Morton towards the end of the 1987-88 Premier League campaign.

  • An impressive performance was marred by injuries to Iain Ferguson, Eamonn Bannon and four goal hero Mixu Paatelainen which meant we ended the match with only 10 men. We attacked right from the start and reward for that pressure came in the 15th minute.

  • The European stage once again brought an excellent result after some indifferent results on the home front. Alex Cleland was drafted into the side at right-back, his first appearance since last April and it was the teenager who set us on the winning trail with his first goal for the club. However, we might well have taken the lead in the very first minute. Dave Bowman sent over a corner, which Mixu Paatelainen headed against the bar. Glentoran showed their teeth when top scorer Gary McCartney headed straight into Billy Thomson's arms. Unusually for a European tie, play was end to end and in 32 minutes we went ahead. Kevin Gallacher's corner was only touched on by Billy Caskey to the back post where the ball fell perfectly to Alex Cleland, who struck a low shot past Smyth.

  • On the two previous visits to Hampden when we have faced Celtic. Late strikes have cost us a share of the spoils. On this occasion, it was a John Collins goal deep into injury in the first half which deprived us of a victory which we deserved. Brian Welsh returned after the completion of his three match suspension and Robbie Winters for Paddy Connolly were the only two changes from the side which had drawn with Aberdeen.

  • Last Appearance - Hearts 2 - 0 Dundee United

    United travelled to the Capital, hoping to bring almost ten years without a victory to an end. Paddy Connolly came in for Robbie Winters in an attempt to bring some added punch to an attack which had only been on target once in the three previous outings. Billy McKinlay was fit again, but he wasn't on from the start, sitting alongside Robbie Winters on the bench.