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Jackie McNamara
Personal information
Full name Jackie McNamara
Date of birth 24 October 1973 (1973-10-24) (age 36)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right back/Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Partick Thistle (on loan from Falkirk)
Number 5
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Dunfermline Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Partick Thistle (loan)
079 00(4)
307 00(15)
029 00(0)
017 00(0)
042 0(0)
004 00(0)   
National team2
1996–2005 Scotland 033 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:17, 11 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 19:16, 11 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Jackie McNamara (born 24 October 1973 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays for Partick Thistle on loan from Falkirk. He is a former Scottish international and played at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. McNamara has filled a variety of defensive roles in his career and captained Celtic under the management of Martin O'Neill.


Club career

Dunfermline Athletic

The son of former Celtic and Hibernian player Jackie McNamara, Sr., he started his career at Dunfermline Athletic as an attacking right wing-back.


McNamara moved to Celtic for £650,000 in 1995. He marked an impressive start to his Celtic career, being named Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year in 1996. He won his first trophy with the club in the 1997-1998 season when Celtic won the Scottish Premier Division, preventing arch-rivals Rangers from winning 10-in-a-row, which would have seen them eclipse Celtic's record of 9-in-a-row. He featured regularly in the Celtic first eleven until the arrival of Martin O'Neill in the 2000-01 season saw him become more of a fringe player, although he did score the opening goal in the 2001 Scottish Cup Final.

However, McNamara became a consistent player for Celtic during the later part of O'Neill's tenure, being awarded the Football Writers Player of the Year in 2004. The following year McNamara was named captain when then-captain Paul Lambert was injured and missed much of the season. McNamara proved himself a consistent and reliable performer on the field, playing almost every game in the league in the 2004-05 season.

To reward his loyalty to the club over a 10-year period, Celtic played a testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The match ended 1-0 to Ireland, with Robbie Keane scoring. At the end of the 2004-05 season Martin O'Neill left as manager and Celtic brought in Gordon Strachan as his replacement.

McNamara's contract was also due to expire at the end of the 2004-05 season. Strachan assured McNamara that he wanted him at the club[1] but Celtic were slow to offer a new contract, waiting until the close season to do so. By that time McNamara had already accepted an offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers as he had assumed Celtic no longer wanted his services.[2] As he went on record saying he still wanted to play for the club, he was told he was still needed by the club by its manager, and he was offered the contract he wanted while still in a position to accept it, the incident has caused much speculation amongst supporters and the media as to who was to blame for his departure from Celtic. The club accused McNamara of being unreasonable and of moving for monetary reasons. They also blamed his agent for not encouraging negotiations and setting unhelpful deadlines.[3]

McNamara had gone on record as saying he wanted to end his career with Celtic[4] and seemed to be bemused when no new contract was forthcoming. After he had accepted the Wolves offer, McNamara felt that Celtic showed a lack of respect to him in their comments to the media and he accused them of harming his reputation for their own benefit. It also emerged that in his new contract at Wolves, he was earning the same wages as his previous contract with Celtic.[5]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

However McNamara had agreed with then manager Glenn Hoddle that he would join Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2005 on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling.

After a promising start to his Wolves career, McNamara sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in the home match with Leicester City in September 2005. He came back in the penultimate game of the 2005/06 season at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.


McNamara joined Aberdeen from Wolves on a two-year contract in 2007,[6] but he left Pittodrie before the end of the season, with manager Jimmy Calderwood citing "travelling and injuries" as the reasons for his departure.[7] Three weeks later, it was revealed that McNamara would join Falkirk for the 2008-09 season.[8]


McNamara signed a two year contract at Falkirk in May 2008.[9]

Partick Thistle

McNamara signed a one month loan deal with Partick Thistle in February 2010, making him available to debut the following day against Dundee if selected.[10] The terms of the deal allowed it to be extended beyond its initial period, but McNamara suffered a leg break during a match against Ayr United, prematurely ending his 2009–10 season.[11]

International career

McNamara has 33 caps for Scotland.




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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Lambert
Celtic F.C. captain
Succeeded by
Neil Lennon

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