Scott McDonald - Player Profile

Full Name:Scott McDonald
Born:August 21st, 1983 (Melbourne, Australia)
Signed:July 25th, 2017
First Manager:Ray McKinnon
Career Stats: 11 appearances, 4 goals
Debut (as sub): July 30th, 2017 - Dundee 1 - 1 Dundee United (League Cup - Group C)
Full Debut: August 9th, 2017 - Dundee 2 - 1 Dundee United (League Cup - 2nd Round)
First Goal: August 12th, 2017 - Dundee United 2 - 1 Queen of the South (League - Championship)
Also Played For:Bournemouth, Celtic, Gippsland Falcons, Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Motherwell, Southampton, Wimbledon

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2017-18  Championship 10 (1) 4 0.36 3 0 36.4% 27.3% 36.4%
10 (1) 4 0.36

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Oct 21st, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 - 2
 Oct 14th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Livingston 0 - 2
 Sep 30th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 3 - 1
 Sep 23rd, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 2 - 1
 Sep 16th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Falkirk 0 - 0
 Most Recent Goals:
 Sep 30th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 3 - 1
 Sep 23rd, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 2 - 1
 Aug 19th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Brechin City 1 - 0
 Aug 12th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Queen of the South 2 - 1

Born to a Scottish family in Australia, McDonald grew up in Melbourne, beginning his career at Doveton before joining Cranbourne Comets. Going out on loan to Gippsland Falcons, he made his first-team debut aged just fifteen. At 16, he decided to go to Europe to further his career, and was picked up by Southampton in late 1999 after impressing for Australia at U17 level. He made his Saints debut against Brighton in September 2001, and went on to make to Premiership appearances against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, before falling out of favour in October 2001 following the arrival of new boss Gordon Strachan. After loan spells with Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth during the 2002/03 season, he was released by Southampton in the summer of 2003.

After a short spell with Wimbledon, at 20 years old he arrived in Scotland for a trial at Tannadice but failed to win a contract and instead signed for Motherwell in January 2004, scoring on his debut against St Johnstone. He quickly became a regular in the Motherwell side, helping them finish in the top 6 in the 2004/05 SPL, and played a huge role in the title race that season, scoring two late goals against Celtic on the final day. McDonald continued his prolific goalscoring form the following two campaigns, becoming a fan favourite at Fir Park, and won his first international cap for Australia, playing against Bahrain in February 2006.

His form encouraged Celtic to make a move in March 2007, and he joined the Glasgow club for the start of the 2007/08 season. He finished the season as the SPL's top scorer, with his goals helping Celtic win the league, and grabbed Champions League goals against Spartak Moscow and AC Milan. He continued his impressive run of form in 2008/09, again finishing as Celtic's top scorer, and was in double figures halfway through the 2009/10 season when a move back to England saw him rejoin Strachan, now with Middlesborough.

Scott performed reasonably during his three and a half seasons with Boro, scoring regularly as the club attempted to win promotion to the Premiership. He continued to appear for the Australian national side, just missing out on a place in their 2010 World Cup squad, and went on to make 26 appearances for his country. He left the Riverside stadium in July 2013, and spent just short of two years with Millwall before returning to Fir Park in February 2015 for a second spell at Motherwell, and played a huge part in the club retaining its SPFL Premiership status at the end of that season, and a top six finish in the 2015/16 season.

When his contract at Motherwell ended, it looked like Scott would be returning to Australia, however at the end of July 2017 he signed a one year deal at Tannadice.

 Goals Scored
Aug 12th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. QOS 2 - 1 (18')
Aug 19th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Brechin City 1 - 0 (80')
Sep 23rd, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Morton 2 - 1 (83')
Sep 30th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 3 - 1 (43')