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McLaughlin, Brian (1993-99)
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PersonalFullname: Brian McLaughlin
Born:14 May 1974
Birthplace: Bellshill, Scotland
Height: 5ft, 4in (1.63m)
Signed: 7 July 1992
Left: 1 April 1999
Position: Midfielder, Winger
Internationals : None with senior, Scotland U-21
International Caps: 0 / 8
- Nicknamed in humour by the wags in the support as "Eddie Munster" (from "The Munsters" sitcom) due to his hairstyle and look!
Biog(Relatively) Diminutive winger Brian McLaughlin was a home grown talent who came through the Parkhead ranks to make his Celtic debut on November 6th 1993 as a substitute in a 3-0 home league win against Partick Thistle. When he first stepped onto the pitch, everyone thought he was the ball boy, that's how small he was. On the annual Hogmanay "Only an Excuse" show they joked that his shirt only needed one hoop because he was so short!
Anyhow, with skill in abundance Bellshill-born McLaughlin was a traditional old-fashioned winger who loved to have the ball at his feet, running at the opposition. At his best he was an exciting talent but too often there was not enough end product to his game. His crossing ability was at times poor and a lack of penetration and directness in his play meant that for all his dribbling skills he was too often an ineffective player, which was a shame as we persevered with him in hope that he could build on his undoubted talent.
His greatest moment as a Celt came in 1995 when he was part of the team that defeated Airdrie 1-0 to lift the Scottish Cup. He never played under Wim Jansen so missed out on a part with Celtic's first team to secure the league in 1997-98. The following season he was not fancied by Venglos either, so was restricted to a handful of appearances in U21 games as an overage player.
His tiny stature was not compensated for by bulk, and consequently McLaughlin was too frequently easily knocked off the ball by opponents which nullified any positives he was able to bring to the team. Despite early promise his Celtic career proved to be fleeting and he left Glasgow for Dundee United in 1999 on a free transfer after 75 league appearances and five goals.
We wished him the best, and were sorry that it didn't work out. A talented player who couldn't make the whole way through.
Post CelticAfter a brief loan period with Airdrie (he fell and dislocated his shoulder in his first training session), he left Celtic to join Dundee United F.C. on a free transfer on 31 March 1999. Since then he has played on both sides of the border with stints at Wigan Athletic, Ayr United, Queen of the South, St. Johnstone, and, finally Stenhousemuir where he finished his career.
|Club||From||To||Fee||League ||Scottish Cup ||Lge cup ||Other |
|Stenh'semuir||01-Aug-06||31-May-08||Signed||30 (15)||1||0 (1)||0||2 (1)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Queen of Sth||01-Jul-04||01-Aug-06||Free||35 (10)||3||0 (3)||0||1 (0)||0||2 (1)||1|
|St Johnstone||31-May-03||01-Jul-04||Free||23 (6)||3||1 (0)||0||3 (0)||1||1 (0)||0|
|Queen of Sth||05-Jul-02||31-May-03||Signed||20 (12)||1||2 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||1 (4)||0|
|Ayr||17-Aug-01||05-Jul-02||Free||8 (11)||1||0 (2)||0||1 (3)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Wigan||23-Jun-99||17-Aug-01||Free||13 (5)||0||1 (1)||0||4 (1)||0||2 (0)||1|
|Dundee Utd||01-Apr-99||23-Jun-99||Free||1 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Celtic||07-Jul-92||01-Apr-99||Signed||48 (27)||5||2 (4)||0||1 (2)||0||1 (2)||0|
|Giffnock North AFC||01-Aug-91||07-Jul-92||-|
|Totals||0||178 (86)||14||6 (11)||0||13 (7)||1||7 (7)||2|
|goals / game||0.05 ||0 ||0.05 ||0.14 |
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