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Alex McLeish Factfile
New Rangers manager Alex McLeish
McLeish enjoyed a distinguished playing career
1959: Born January 21 in Glasgow.
1976: Joins Aberdeen to begin his professional career.
1980: Helps the Pittodrie club win Scottish championship under manager Alex Ferguson and wins first Scotland cap against Portugal.
1982: Aberdeen win the Scottish Cup beating Rangers 4-1 and McLeish plays in first of three World Cup finals in Spain.
1983: Aberdeen retain Scottish Cup, this time beating Rangers 1-0, and defeat Real Madrid 2-1 in Gothenburg to lift European Cup Winners' Cup.
1984: Aberdeen win the Scottish league and cup double - their third successive cup triumph - for the first time.
1985: The Dons retain the championship and win the League Cup.
1986: Aberdeen win the Scottish Cup against Hearts before Ferguson departs for Manchester United. Plays under Ferguson during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
1989: Aberdeen win the League Cup after extra time against Rangers.
1990: Wins Scottish Cup again with the Dons in penalty shoot-out with Celtic and is voted player of the year. Also plays in World Cup finals in Italy.
1993: Makes 77th and final international appearance against Malta.
1994:Takes over from Tommy McLean as manager of Motherwell after 17 years at Pittodrie.
1995: Guides the Fir Park club to second place behind Rangers in the top flight in his first season.
1998: Appointed manager of Hibernian but cannot prevent the club being relegated to Division One.
1999: Wins First Division title at first attempt.
2000: Guides Hibs to the Scottish Cup semi-final.
2001: Leads Hibs into the Scottish Cup final against Celtic and to Uefa Cup after finishing a creditable third in the SPL.
2001: Eliminated from Uefa Cup at 1st round stage by AEK Athens.
December 11: McLeish is confirmed as the 11th manager of Rangers after the Ibrox club agreed a compensation fee with Hibernian.



Scottish Premier League Championship medals: 1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85.
Scottish Cup Winner: 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1989-90
League Cup Winner: 1985-86, 1989-90
European Cup Winners' Cup medal: 1983
European Super Cup medal: 1983
Scottish Player of the Year: 1990


Scottish Division One Champions: 1999

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