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Brian McLean
Personal information
Full name Brian Stuart McLean
Date of birth February 28, 1985 (1985-02-28) (age 24)
Place of birth    Rutherglen, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current club Falkirk
Number 6
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Motherwell (loan)
00 00(0)
30 00(3)
25 00(0)
03 00(0)   
National team
2006 Northern Ireland 01 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 27 May, 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Brian Stuart McLean (born 28 February 1985 in Rutherglen, Scotland) is a Scottish born Northern Irish professional footballer who has represented Northern Ireland at international level and currently plays for Scottish Premier League club Falkirk.


Club career

McLean is naturally a centre back but he can play at right back as well. He started his career as a youth player with Rangers. However, lack of first team opportunities prompted him to join Motherwell on loan in 2005-06. Motherwell signed him on a permanent basis after he impressed during his loan spell at Fir Park.

On 18 July 2008 he suffered significant damage to his knee in a tackle by Argentinian striker Diego Ruiz during an ill-tempered preseason 'friendly' against CFR Cluj.[1]. He resumed a first team place on 28 March 2009, in a 2-1 win over Inverness.

On 1st July 2009 he signed a two year contract with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk.[2] This was new manager Eddie May's first signing.

International career

Despite being born in Scotland, McLean was eligible to play for Northern Ireland through his family. However he had previously appeared for Scotland Under 17'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 [3] McLean was not registered before this deadline and is now ineligible to represent Northern Ireland,[4] 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.


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