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Derek Parlane




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Derek Parlane (born 5 May 1953 in Helensburgh) was a former professional football striker who played for Rangers for 10 years, from 1970 until 1980.

He won 2 championships, 3 Scottish Cups, 2 Scottish League Cups and 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup during his time at Ibrox and was capped by Scotland 12 times with one under 21 cap. Furthermore, Parlane was inducted into the Glasgow Rangers Hall of fame in 2010.

He went to Leeds United in March 1980 but this wasn't a very successful stay. He scored 10 goals in 53 appearances for Leeds before going to Hong Kong on loan with Bulova. On 14 July 1983, new Manchester City manager Billy McNeill brought him to Maine Road. Parlane linked up with another newcomer, fellow Scot Jim Tolmie and on their debut for the Blues on Saturday 27 August 1983, City beat Crystal Palace 2 1 at Selhurst Park in the Second Division. Parlane and Tolmie each scored one which set a precedent for the rest of the season. In all, Parlane scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for City, a healthy return.

City just missed out on gaining promotion at the end of 1983 84, too many dropped points away from Maine Road against the teams challenging them for promotion was the problem, although they did beat Chelsea 1 0 at Stamford Bridge in December 1983. This wasn't enough as Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, with Kevin Keegan in the side, pipped City to promotion.

The 1984 85 season did not start well for Parlane as City signed David Phillips from Coventry City and Tony Cunningham from Newcastle United to bolster their attack. Parlane got injured in September 1984 and was sold to Swansea City in January 1985. After the season finished he played in New Zealand for the summer with North Shore United. He spent the 1985 86 season in Belgium with Racing Jet (2 games 0 goals) before returning to play two seasons with Rochdale from 1986 88, playing 42 games and scoring 10 times. His last professional club was Airdrie in the 1987 88 season, scoring 4 goals in 9 games, before signing for then non-league outfit Macclesfield Town in England.Parlane now lives in Lytham St.Annes and is seen out on the golf course regally. Hes married to Julie ,also has one daughter Sam (30), Jay (26) and Ross (22)

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