Where are they now? Scotland’s triumphant Kirin Cup side

Scotland captain David Weir and his team-mates claimed the Kirin Cup back in 2006. Picture: SNS
Scotland captain David Weir and his team-mates claimed the Kirin Cup back in 2006. Picture: SNS
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Scotland’s 5-1 victory over Bulgaria at the Kobe Wing Stadium in Japan on the way to winning the Kirin Cup remains the only silverware that the nation has had to celebrate since the 1985 Rous Cup. Here are where the side that demolished the Lions are 10 years on.

GOALKEEPER

Neil Alexander (Cardiff City)

After making one sole appearance for newly promoted Crystal Palace, he joined his boyhood club Hearts aged 36 in 2014 and was the Jam Tarts’ number one for their Championship victory and third place finish in the Premiership this season. Alexander would amass three caps for Scotland, the last two of them coming in this competition.

DEFENDERS

Graeme Murty (Reading)

Retiring in 2012, the English born right back went into coaching and is now the Norwich City under-18s manager. He spent the majority of his 17-year career at Reading and would make four appearances for the national team, the last in 2007 in a defeat to Georgia.

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen)

Anderson was constantly plagued with injuries and should have been capped more than the 11 times that he was. After a difficult period down south in the Premier League, he returned to Aberdeen and captained the side to League Cup victory, its first major honour in 18 years. He hung up his boots at the end of the last campaign and remains with the club in a business development role.

David Weir (Everton)

The commanding centre-half is the oldest player to have ever donned the blue and white kit when he played at the age of 40 and 112 days, surpassing Jim Leighton who previously held the record. This was not long after he was voted the SFWA Footballer of the Year and the SPL Player of the Season while at Rangers. He gave up the game in his early 40s to take up management and after a failed stint at Sheffield United, he was appointed assistant to Mark Warburton at Brentford and again at Ibrox.

Gary Caldwell (Hibernian)

Caldwell went from strength to strength and shortly after the team’s triumph in Asia he moved on to Celtic where he participating in numerous domestic triumphs. This attracted the interest of Wigan and after five campaigns with the Latics, he transitioned into management in Lancashire and earned promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Gary Naysmith (Everton)

The left back is still playing and was recently nominated to the League Two Team of the Year while managing the champions East Fife. Weir’s teammate for many years down in Merseyside and in Gorgie, Naysmith continued down in England at Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town. He lasted a handful of games with Aberdeen before he took up the reins in Methil.

MIDFIELDERS

Gary Teale (Wigan)

Teale is another that stepped into coaching, albeit unsuccessfully. The winger’s performance at St Mirren saw the club relegated to the Championship and he was dismissed a year ago. This was after 100 games for the Buddies in four seasons after making the move from third tier Sheffield Wednesday.

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United)

The end of 2012 and nearly all of 2013 was a dismal time for Fletcher due to health issues. He did bounce back though and has since gone on to earn another 10 caps which puts him sixth in appearances for the national team. Still playing and captaining in the English top flight for West Brom after a move from United a couple of seasons ago.

Scott Severin (Aberdeen)

A utility man whose two starts for Scotland came in this competition. After 12 years in the SPL, he tried himself south of the border with second tier Watford. The move did not go as planned and he was back up north seven months later in Kilmarnock, before retiring at Dundee United after a couple of campaigns.

FORWARDS

Lee McCulloch (Wigan)

He was a hot commodity having been signed for a record fee of £700,000 in 2001 from Motherwell by Wigan. At the tail end of his 20s, he moved back to the west of Scotland and made over 300 appearances for Rangers. Now assistant manager to Lee Clark at Kilmarnock after a caretaker spell in charge after the sacking of Gary Locke.

Kris Boyd (Rangers)

The SPL’s all-time top goalscorer was the sole starter to net against Bulgaria and got himself a brace at that. Having joined the league champions in the winter window and won his first top scorer of the season, Boyd was at the peak of his powers. Sadly the double would be followed up by just another five goals and his international career never reached the height that his domestic one did. Currently at Killie for a third time.

SUBSTITUTES

David McNamee (Livingston)

The most interest post-footballing life that any one of these people haVE lived. McNamee’s peak was between 2004 and 2006, where he won the League Cup with Livingston. He would go on to sign for six clubs in eight years before taking up coaching. After deciding that was not for him, he joined the Royal Navy and is training as a mine warfare specialist.

Gavin Rae (Rangers)

Rae had a couple of periods at his favoured side Dundee interspersed between stints at Aberdeen and Cardiff and won the Championship in 2014. He left with the Dees in the top flight to pursue a dream of living in Australia and is pursuing a coaching career in Sydney.

Ian Murray (Rangers)

Murray had a successful managerial role at part-time Dumbarton where he kept them in the second tier for three straight seasons after calling it a day back in 2012. His move to coaching full-time was disastrous as he was sacked by St Mirren before the new year after managing only 21 games with the Saints.

Chris Burke (Rangers)

The winger has slowly been phased out of the picture internationally over the last few campaigns and it appears to be the same at domestic level. After being a Championship mainstay for numerous clubs in the English second tier, he featured sparingly for parent club Nottingham Forest and on-loan at Rotherham. His only goals for Scotland came during this tie.

James McFadden (Everton)

McFadden was the other sub on the score sheet in Kobe. He was plagued by niggling injuries and recently broke his ankle in training during his third stint at Motherwell. He was looking towards a move to the MLS in the last year but that is looking increasingly unlikely. He will always be remembered for that stunning strike in Paris.

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