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Scott McDonald
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Personal information
Full name Scott Douglas McDonald
Date of birth 21 August 1983 (1983-08-21) (age 26)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Middlesbrough
Number 7
Youth career
1997–1998 Gippsland Falcons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Gippsland Falcons 3 (0)
1999–2000 Cranbourne Comets 10 (2)
2000–2002 Southampton 2 (0)
2002 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (1)
2002 Bournemouth (loan) 7 (1)
2003 Wimbledon 2 (0)
2004–2007 Motherwell 108 (42)
2007–2010 Celtic 88 (51)
2010– Middlesbrough 5 (1)
National team
1999 Australia U17 17 (13)
2001–2003 Australia U20 24 (16)
2003–2004 Australia U23 3 (0)
2006– Australia 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:59, 15 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:40, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Scott Douglas McDonald (born 21 August 1983 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian footballer who currently plays as a striker for English Championship side Middlesbrough and the Australian national team.


Club career


Early career

McDonald began his career at outer suburb club, Doveton, before joining Casey Comets. He made three appearances on loan from his Victorian State League club, Cranbourne Comets, with Gippsland Falcons in the Australian National Soccer League, where he became the club's youngest ever NSL player, replacing Jason Marsh when making his first team debut aged just fourteen.

McDonald started off as a trainee with Southampton in 2001 where he only managed one first team start and two appearances as a substitute, being loaned to Huddersfield Town (scoring once against Tranmere)[1] and Bournemouth (scoring once against Shrewsbury)[2] where again he had chances to play first team football. Upon reaching the end of his contract with Southampton he signed for Wimbledon on a rolling monthly contract. Before signing for Motherwell in summer 2004, McDonald was on trial with Dundee United but failed to win a contract after running off course during a cross-country run to go to the toilet.[3]


After signing for Motherwell, McDonald had a slow start, scoring only one goal during the second half of the 2003-04 season despite impressive performances. The following season he proceeded to score 15 goals. McDonald infamously scored two late goals against Celtic at the end of season 2004/05 to deny them the Scottish Premier League Championship which was instead won by their arch-rivals Rangers. In the 2005/06 season, McDonald scored 11 goals in 35 appearances, and in the following season, scored 15 goals in 32 appearances. His goal against Falkirk on 25 November 2006 was the 5000th goal in the SPL since its formation in 1998.

After a £400,000 bid from Rangers was rejected in January 2007,[4] McDonald's former club Motherwell accepted a £700,000 offer from boyhood favourites[5] Celtic in March 2007, with McDonald moving to Celtic Park at the start of the 2007/08 season.[6]

In December 2007, McDonald was named BBC Sportsound Player of the Year for his eight man-of-the-match performances throughout the 2006/07 season.[7] In his successful stint with the Steelmen, he scored 42 goals in 108 appearances.


McDonald made his competitive debut for Celtic in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying Round match against Spartak Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium, assisting Paul Hartley for Celtic's goal. The game finished 1-1.[8] His first goal for the club came in the second leg of the tie at Celtic Park. A mistake by Spartak defender Roman Shishkin allowed McDonald to slip in and hit the ball first time past Stipe Pletikosa. Just days later away to St. Mirren, McDonald latched onto a long Gary Caldwell pass to lob Chris Smith from a tight angle and score his first SPL goal for Celtic. He followed that up in a similar way with the winning goal against AC Milan in the final minute of their UEFA Champions League clash and another last-minute winner just days later at Gretna.

In a pulsating Old Firm clash, McDonald set up a last minute goal for his Dutch strike partner Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink that kept Celtic in the 2007-08 SPL title race, before scoring a double and winning a penalty in the vital 3-2 victory over Rangers in April 2008 just two weeks later.

McDonald was rewarded with a new deal in 2008.[9] and was nominated for SPL Player of the Year. He scored 25 goals in 36 league appearances in his first season at Celtic, and was the top goalscorer during the 2007-08 season beating the next highest goalscorer and strike partner, Vennegoor of Hesselink by 10 goals. This breakthrough season included two hat-tricks; against Dundee United, and his former club Motherwell. In total, McDonald scored 31 times in his first season at Parkhead.

McDonald wore the number 27 in his first season with Celtic but in July 2008 he was given number 7 jersey. After a sluggish start to the 2008-09 season, not scoring in any of the first four games, he opened his account against Motherwell, scoring Celtic's third goal in a 4-2 win at Fir Park. On 5 November 2008 McDonald scored the opening goal in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Celtic Park in the Champions League with a well executed lob over Ben Foster. Only three days later, McDonald continued to haunt his former club Motherwell with a low strike from outside the penalty area. Celtic won this match 2-0. On 27 December 2008, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Ibrox during the Old Firm derby, helping his team bring the three points home. On 27 January 2009 McDonald scored twice in the dramatic 11-10 penalty shoot-out victory against Dundee United to send Celtic through to the League Cup final, which they won 2-0 against arch rivals Rangers. This win gave McDonald his first domestic cup trophy at Celtic.

McDonald scored his 49th and 50th Celtic goals at Pittodrie against Aberdeen on 2 May as Celtic ran out 3-1 winners. On 3 July, McDonald was handed the Celtic captaincy for a pre-season game against Brisbane Roar, due to the injury to Stephen McManus and the departure of former vice-captain Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. On 5 August, he scored the opening goal against Dynamo Moscow in Russia, a game which Celtic went on to win 2-0, to progress to the final qualifying round of the Champions League. On 5 December, McDonald scored his 50th league goal for Celtic against Aberdeen.

In four years with Motherwell, McDonald managed 45 goals; but in less than three years with Celtic, he scored 65 times.


On 7 January 2010, Celtic rejected a transfer bid from Premier League side Wigan Athletic for the Australian striker,[10] but on 1 February - transfer deadline day - Celtic sold McDonald for a reported £3.5 million to Middlesbrough. He was signed by his former Southampton & Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, and also rejoined four of his former teammates, Willo Flood, Barry Robson, Chris Killen and Stephen McManus.On 16th February 2010 he missed a penalty against Blackpool in a 2-0 loss [11] McDonald scored his first Middlesbrough goal in the Tyne-Tees derby against Newcastle United on 13 March 2010.[12]

International career

McDonald made his international debut for Australia against Bahrain on 22 February 2006 in an Asian Cup qualifier and has also represented Australia at U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. He played in 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. Until this point, McDonald had also been eligible to play for Scotland, as both of his parents are of Scottish heritage. He was a starter in the Australia squad that started off qualification for World Cup 2010 with a 3-0 win over Qatar in February, setting up a goal for Mark Bresciano. He has yet to score a goal at international level.



With Celtic:


  • Hat-trick vs. Dundee United on September 29, 2007
  • Hat-trick vs. Motherwell on October 27, 2007
  • Scotland Scottish Premier League Player of the Month (3): September 2004, September 2007, March 2009
  • Scotland BBC Sportsound Player of the Year (1): 2007
  • Scotland SPL Top Scorer (1): 2007-08

Career statistics

(correct as of 15 February 2010)
Club Season League Cup[13] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Motherwell 2003-04 15 1 3 1 - - 18 2
2004-05 27 15 5 0 - - 32 15
2005-06 34 11 4 1 - - 38 12
2006-07 32 15 5 1 - - 37 16
Total 108 42 17 3 - - 125 45
Celtic 2007-08 36 25 7 4 10 2 53 31
2008-09 34 16 6 2 6 1 46 19
2009-10 19 10 2 2 8 2 29 14
Total 88 51 15 8 24 5 126 65
Middlesbrough 2009-10 5 1 - - - - 5 1
Total 5 1 - - - - 5 1
Career Totals 201 94 32 11 24 5 256 111


  1. ^ "Tranmere 2-1 Huddersfield". BBC. 26 August 2002. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bournemouth 2-1 Shrewsbury". BBC. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Celtic goal hero Scott McDonald's call of nature blew chance of signing for United Daily Record, 20 March 2009
  4. ^ "Rangers miss out on McDonald bid". BBC Sport website. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Scott McDonald Profile". Celtic FC website. 
  6. ^ "Celtic agree terms for McDonald". BBC Sport website. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sportsound Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 23 December 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Spartak Moscow 1-1 Celtic" BBC Sport website (15 August 2007)
  9. ^ "McDonald extends Celtic contract". BBC Sport. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  10. ^ "Premier League - Wigan Athletic fail in bid for Celtic striker Scott McDonald". Yahoo! and Eurosport. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Middlesbrough and Celtic agree a deal for McDonald BBC Sport, Retrieved 1 February 2010
  12. ^ "Middlesbrough 2 - 2 Newcastle". BBC. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  13. ^ Includes Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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