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Darren Jackson (born 25 July 1966 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former international
footballer who played predominantly as a striker.
Jackson began his career in 1985 with Meadowbank Thistle, where 22 league
goals won him a move south to English side Newcastle United. In two years
with the Magpies, Jackson scored only seven goals and
returned to Scotland in 1988 with Dundee United. Jackson spent four
years at Tannadice, picking up a Scottish Cup
runners-up medal, before joining hometown team Hibernian in
1992. During his five years at Easter Road, Jackson was a runner-up again,
this time in the League Cup and his form saw him
move to Celtic in
1997. During his time at Celtic, Jackson was treated for hydrocephalus,
requiring surgery in September 1997 although he was playing within
three months as
Celtic went on to win both the League and League Cup. The following
season, Jackson had a spell on loan with Coventry
City before joining his boyhood heroes Hearts.
In July 2000, Jackson revealed he intended to move into
management once his playing career finished.
Jackson was barred from playing for Hearts due to the impending
trigger of a clause enforcing a one-year extension to his
him discuss a possible return to former club Dundee United. After
United signed Charlie Miller instead, Jackson
negotiated a deal to return to first-team action at Hearts, only to
find himself surplus to requirements when Craig Levein was appointed three weeks
Jackson joined Livingston on a month's loan,
subsequently exending it until the end of the season. During
this time, Hearts released Jackson from his contract. After
winning the First
Division title with Livi, Jackson was not offered a permanent
contract, returning instead to the Premier League with St Johnstone on a one-year contract.
Jackson made nine league appearances for the Saints before
being allowed to join Clydebank on loan in January 2002, where
scored a début goal in a 1-0 win.
Despite Jackson's earlier vow to move into management,
he works as one of the SFA's 52 agents (albeit
based in London),
representing players including fellow Scots Jackie
McNamara, Mark Wilson and Steven
Jackson won 28 caps for Scotland, scoring four
goals. Making his début in March 1995, Jackson was also part of the
Scotland squads for Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup, playing in two of the World
Cup matches. Jackson played two further games after the tournament,
appearing in the European
Championship qualifying matches against Lithuania and Estonia.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally