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Stars of the ’90s: No 9, Darren Jackson

EDINBURGH-born Jackson began his career with Meadowbank Thistle, the club which became Livingston FC – for whom he also turned out.

With 22 goals for Thistle, the young striker’s talent was spotted by Newcastle United, where he spent two seasons before returning to Scotland with Dundee United in 1988. A regular scorer for the Tannadice club, he moved four years later to Hibs, with whom he enjoyed the best spell of his career, racking up 50 goals and earning international recognition.

Celtic were impressed enough to sign him in 1996, but the onset of hydrocephalus – also known as ‘water on the brain’ – limited his Parkhead career. He did, though, play his part in both the 1997/98 title triumph and the League Cup win of the same season.

Jackson picked up two of his 28 Scotland caps at World Cup 98 before winding down his career with Hearts, Livingston and St Johnstone. He now works as an SFA-registered agent.

 

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