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David Gillespie Weir (born 10 May 1970 in Falkirkmarker) is a professional association football player who plays for Scottish Premier League club Rangers, where he is club captain.

Weir began his professional career with Falkirk after having attended the University of Evansvillemarker in the United Statesmarker. After four seasons with the Bairns, Weir then moved on to Heart of Midlothian where he won the 1998 Scottish Cup. Weir joined Everton in 1999 and spent seven years with the club, becoming club captain under two different managers. He moved to Rangers in 2007 and became club captain after Barry Ferguson was stripped of the role in April 2009.

Weir won his first cap for the Scotland national football team in 1997. He retired from international football in 2002 under Berti Vogts but returned when Walter Smith took charge. He is Scotland's joint seventh-most capped player, having won 65 caps.

Club career

Early career

As a teenager Weir trained with Celtic but did not sign a professional contract. However, unlike the vast majority of European players, Weir took a detour from professional football, to play college soccer at the University of Evansvillemarker from 1988 to 1991. Weir excelled at Evansville, and was named an NCAA All-American in 1990.

Falkirk

Upon returning from the United Statesmarker in 1992, he signed for the then Scottish First Division side Falkirk and went on to play 134 games for them and scored eight goals. Weir also won the 1993 Scottish Challenge Cup Final on 12 December, playing in the side that defeated St Mirren 3-0 at Fir Parkmarker, Motherwellmarker.

Hearts

On 30 June 1996, Weir moved to Premier Division side Hearts. He made his debut for the club in a League Cup match against Stenhousemuir on 14 August 1996 and scored his first goal three days later. Weir netted Hearts second in a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock. His first sending off was in the infamous game against his future club Rangers at Ibroxmarker on 14 September 1996. Rangers won the match 3-0 but Hearts had four players ordered off in a twenty minute spell.

Weir won his second career honour, the 1998 Scottish Cup beating Rangers 2-1 in the final at Celtic Parkmarker. He left Tynecastlemarker the following season when he was purchased by Everton for £250,000. Weir played 116 games for Hearts and scored twelve goals.

Everton

His Everton debut in a league match against Middlesbrough on 17 February 1999. Weir had a very successful time with the Merseyside club playing regularly for eight years, making 269 appearances (scoring 10 goals in the process), playing in European competition, becoming club captain under two different managers - Walter Smith and David Moyes - and winning the bulk of his Scotland caps on the strength of his performances for the Toffees.

Rangers

On 16 January 2007, Weir signed for Rangers on an initial six-month deal after Everton released him from his contract early. He teamed up again with former manager Walter Smith. He made his Rangers debut against Dunfermline Athletic on 21 January 2007.His performances for the Glasgow club were enough to secure himself a one-year contract. After his man-of-the-match performance against St. Mirren on 8 April 2007, he revealed that he may remain at Rangers for the 2007-08 season after discussing the issue with his family. His agent met with Rangers on 19 April to discuss a possible extension to his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the SPL season. Weir signed a one-year extension to his deal, keeping him at Rangers until the end of the 2007-08 season.

He scored his first Rangers goal against FK Zeta in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, on 31 July 2007. Weir was highly praised for his endurance during the 2007-08 season as Rangers chased The Quadruple. Despite being in his late 30s he managed sixty appearances that season and produced some stand out performances along side Carlos Cuéllar in the centre of defence. Weir won his third and fourth trophies of his career in 2008, as Rangers claimed Scottish Cup and League Cup glory. On 4 July he signed a further one-year contract extension to his deal. He was appointed the Rangers' captain on 3 April 2009 after Barry Ferguson had been stripped the role following an incident whilst on international duty. Weir won the League and Cup double in season 2008-2009 with Rangers and signed a further one-year contract extension which will see him at the club to the end of the 2009-2010 season when he will be 40.

International career

Weir earned his first cap for Scotland in a 1-0 defeat to Wales on 27 May 1997. He scored his one and only goal for Scotland in FIFA World Cup qualifier against Latvia at Hampden Parkmarker on 6 October 2001.

Although he retired from international football in 2002, after receiving criticism from the then-manager Berti Vogts due to his performance in Scotland's Euro 2004 qualifying match against the Faroe Islands, he returned to international football when Walter Smith was appointed as manager in December 2004.

Weir is a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour, having won his 50th Scotland cap against Lithuania on 6 September 2006, in which he captained his country to a 2-1 win. He has captained Scotlandmarker four times.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 October 2001 Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker 2-1 2–1 FIFA World Cup 2002 qualifying


Career statistics

Correct as of 10 November 2009



Honours

Falkirk

Hearts

Rangers

References

External links



1992-93 Falkirk Premier Division 30 1 - - - 30 1
1993-94 Division One 37 3 - - - 37 3
1994-95 Premier Division 32 1 - - - 32 1
1995-96 34 3 1 0 - - 35 3
1996-97 Heart of Midlothian Premier Division 34 6 3 1 4 1 2 0 43 8
1997-98 35 1 5 1 2 1 - 42 3
1998-99 Premier League 23 1 1 0 3 0 4 0 31 1

1998-99 Everton Premier League 14 0 1 0 - - 15 0
1999-00 35 2 5 0 2 0 - 42 2
2000-01 37 1 1 0 1 0 - 39 1
2001-02 36 4 5 0 1 0 - 42 4
2002-03 31 1 1 0 2 0 - 34 1
2003-04 10 0 - 2 0 - 12 0
2004-05 34 1 2 0 1 0 - 37 1
2005-06 33 1 4 0 1 0 4 0 42 1
2006-07 5 0 - 1 0 - 6 0

2006-07 Rangers Premier League 14 0 - - 4 0 18 0
2007-08 37 2 2 0 3 0 18 1 60 3
2008-09 36 2 5 0 4 0 2 0 47 2
2009-10 10 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
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