|Full name||John Rankin|
|Date of birth||27 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2006–2008||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||49||(9)|
Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league
only and correct as of 17:54, 16 January 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
John Rankin (born 27 June 1983) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Hibernian as a midfielder. Born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Rankin began his career with Manchester United, but he did not make a first team appearance.
Rankin joined Ross County in 2003 and made 100 appearances for the Scottish First Division club before moving to local rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle for a reported fee of £65,000. In January 2008, Rankin moved to Hibernian for a fee of £110,000.
Rankin scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win for Hibs against Celtic on 7 December 2008. The goal was notable because it was scored from a yard in front of the centre circle, approximately 45 yards from the goal. The shot dipped and deceived the Celtic goalkeeper, Polish international Artur Boruc. After the game, Rankin described the shot as a "squiggler".
Rankin was a candidate for the Hibs captaincy after Rob Jones left for Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2009. New manager John Hughes decided to give the armband to Chris Hogg, however, with Ian Murray to serve as Hogg's vice captain. Rankin has primarily served as a defensive midfielder this season in the absence of Kevin McBride.