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John Rankin
Personal information
Full name John Rankin
Date of birth 27 June 1983 (1983-06-27) (age 26)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 11
Youth career
2000–2003 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Ross County 100 (17)
2006–2008 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 49 (9)
2008– Hibernian 66 (5)
National team
2006 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:54, 16 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:26, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

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.[1]

Rankin scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win for Hibs against Celtic on 7 December 2008.[2] The goal was notable because it was scored from a yard in front of the centre circle, approximately 45 yards from the goal.[2] The shot dipped and deceived the Celtic goalkeeper, Polish international Artur Boruc.[2] After the game, Rankin described the shot as a "squiggler".[2]

Rankin was a candidate for the Hibs captaincy after Rob Jones left for Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2009.[3] New manager John Hughes decided to give the armband to Chris Hogg, however, with Ian Murray to serve as Hogg's vice captain.[4] Rankin has primarily served as a defensive midfielder this season in the absence of Kevin McBride.

Rankin represented Scotland B once, in a match against Turkey B in 2006, while he was a Ross County player.[5]


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