Alex MacDonald (footballer, born 1948)

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Alex MacDonald
Personal information
Full nameAlexander MacDonald
Date of birth (1948-03-17) 17 March 1948 (age 72)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Luncarty [1]
Glasgow United
Senior career*
1966–1968 St Johnstone 65 (17)
1968–1980 Rangers 336 (51)
1980–1985 Hearts 122 (10)
National team
1976 Scottish League XI [1] 1 (0)
1976 Scotland [2] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1981–1990 Hearts
1991–1999 Airdrieonians
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander MacDonald (born 17 March 1948 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. MacDonald played for St Johnstone, Rangers and Hearts. He also played in one full international match for Scotland, in 1976. Towards the end of his playing career, MacDonald became player/manager of Hearts. He led the team as they won promotion in 1983, then narrowly missed out on winning the Scottish league championship in 1986. MacDonald then managed Airdrieonians for most of the 1990s, leading the team to Scottish Cup finals in 1992 and 1995.


Playing career

Club career

MacDonald started his career with St Johnstone but was snapped up by Rangers in November 1968 for £65,000. He quickly became a fans favourite at Ibrox as he demonstrated his passion for the blue jersey. He was instrumental in Rangers 1972 Cup Winners' Cup triumph, scoring against Rennes in the First Round. During his time at Rangers he played 503 games and scored 94 times and won 3 League Championship, 4 Scottish Cup and 4 League Cup medals. MacDonald joined Hearts for £30,000 in 1980.

International career

MacDonald was capped once by Scotland, against Switzerland in 1976. [2]

Managerial career

MacDonald became player/manager at Tynecastle in 1981. He took Hearts to within seven minutes of winning the Scottish Premier League title in 1985–86. One week later his team lost the Scottish Cup Final 3–0 to Aberdeen. He became joint manager alongside Sandy Jardine in 1986, although this was a short lived arrangement. Hearts chairman Wallace Mercer sacked MacDonald in the summer of 1990.

MacDonald later found success with Airdrieonians. He took over the newly promoted team from Jimmy Bone in May 1991, and guided them to two Scottish Cup finals and into Europe. In the 1992–93 season he led them into the European Cup Winners Cup as a result of being runners-up to Rangers in the Scottish Cup final during the previous season. The club's last appearance in the final was in 1994–95, when they lost 1–0 to Tommy Burns' Celtic. League success was harder to come by, however, and the team were relegated to the First Division in 1993. Unable to provide a return to top-league football, he was sacked by Airdrie on 13 March 1999 and has chosen not to work in management since.

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