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Tommy Wilson (footballer born 1961)

Personal information
Full nameThomas Wilson
Date of birth24 August 1961(age 55)
Place of birthPaisley, Scotland
Playing positionRight back
Club information
Current clubRangers (Reserve team coach)

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Tommy Wilson (born Paisley, 24 August 1961) is a Scottish former footballer, who is currently the Reserve team coach at Rangers and also a coach with the Scotland national team.

Wilson started his career at Queens Park, who he joined straight from school in 1978. He was spotted by St. Mirren for whom he signed a professional contract in 1982. He made his competitive debut in a League Cup victory over Ayr United on 14 August 1982. Wilson was an ever present during his first season and his consistent displays earned him a Scotland U-21 cap against Switzerland. Unfortunately, at the start of the following season in August 1983 he suffered a serious knee injury in a match against Rangers which put him out of the game for the rest of that season.

He made a successful come-back in the following season but took time to regain his consistency; eventually over the next two seasons he began to fulfil his early promise. In 1987 he was a member of the team which won the Scottish Cup in a 1-0 victory over Dundee United.

He represented St. Mirren in 237 competitive matches, before leaving to join Dunfermline Athletic in October 1989. After three seasons with Dunfermline, he joined Hearts in August 1992, but only made one appearance (as a substitute in a 4-2 victory against Sparta Prague in a UEFA cup match on 30 September 1992). He was given a free transfer to Kilmarnock in November 1992, before moving on to Dumbarton in the summer of 1993.

In June 1994 he was appointed Community Coach to the Scottish Football Association. He is currently coach for the Scotland under-19 team, working alongside Archie Gemmill. In 2006 he join Rangers on a part time basis as a technical coach for youth development. He succeeded Ian Durrant as reserve team coach in 2008.

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