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John Fleck
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Personal information
Full name John Alan Fleck
Date of birth 24 August 1991 (1991-08-24) (age 18)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– Rangers 20 0(1)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U17 09 0(3)
2008– Scotland U19 03 0(0)
2009– Scotland U21 03 0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 October 2009

John Alan Fleck (born 24 August 1991 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He currently plays for Scottish Premier League side Rangers. Due to his style of play, he has often drawn comparisons to Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney. [1]

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Club career

Fleck began his career in the Rangers youth teams. He played in Rangers 5–0 Scottish Youth Cup victory over Celtic on 26 April 2007.[2]

On 12 July 2007, Fleck was called up to take part in the full squad pre-season tour of Germany.[3] Fleck was handed his debut for the first team against SV Lippstadt 08 on 15 July 2007, becoming the first 15 year old to play for the first team since Derek Ferguson[4 ] in 1982. Fleck impressed and scored in a 3–1 friendly victory over Sportfreunde Lotte in the next friendly game.

On 25 August 2007, just a day after his 16th birthday, Fleck was included for the first time in the Rangers first team squad for a competitive match against Kilmarnock. He made his competitive debut on 23 January 2008 in the Scottish Cup game against East Stirling.[5 ] Fleck made his league debut for Rangers on 22 May 2008 in the final league game of the season against Aberdeen. Two days later, he became the youngest player to play in a British Cup final, by appearing as a substitute in the 2008 Scottish Cup Final against Queen of the South. Fleck gained his first start for Rangers against Falkirk on 17 January 2009. Five days before this, The Times Newspaper placed Fleck seventh in their Top 50 Rising Stars of European football.[6 ]

Fleck scored his first competitive goal in a 2–0 league victory over Dundee United at Ibrox on 31 January 2009.[7] The goal was a 78th minute penalty, awarded after Mihael Kovacevic's challenge had brought Fleck to the ground. For his performance in the same game he was awarded Man of the Match - for the second consecutive home game.

International career

On 12 September 2006, Fleck captained Scotland Under 16s to an 11–0 victory over Jersey Under 17s, scoring a hat trick in the process. He was the captain of the Scotland side at the 2006 Victory Shield competition. He also captained the Scotland Under 17 side throughout 2007 and 2008 and is a regular at Under 19 level. He made his debut for the Scotland U21 side on 29 March 2009.

Career statistics

As of 10 January 2010.
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2007-08 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2008-09 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 1
2009-10 11 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 15 1
Career total 20 1 3 0 2 1 3 0 28 2

Honours

Rangers

2008

Personal life

His uncle Robert Fleck was a regular player for Rangers in the 1980s and played for Scotland.

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Controversy

On 31 January 2009, Fleck was involved in a late-night brawl in a nightclub in Glasgow's City centre. Rangers' were said to be 'raging' that Fleck then 17-years-old was attending night clubs illegally.[8] On 2 August 2009 it was revealed that Fleck had been dropped from the Rangers first-team back down to the reserve-team after a training ground bust-up with assistant manager Ally McCoist. It was revealed that Fleck shouted a tirade of abuse at McCoist after McCoist had criticised his display in a training match. Ibrox sources also revealed that they have been unimpressed by his attitude on and off the field.[9][10]

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