John McGlynn (Scottish footballer)

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John McGlynn
Personal information
Full name John McGlynn
Date of birth (1961-12-19) 19 December 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Musselburgh, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Raith Rovers (manager)
Youth career
1979–1980 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Berwick Rangers 56 (2)
1983–1984 Musselburgh Athletic
1984–1987 Whitehill Welfare
1995–1997 Musselburgh Athletic
Teams managed
Easthouses Lily
Musselburgh Athletic
2005 Heart of Midlothian (Caretaker)
2006–2012 Raith Rovers
2012–2013 Heart of Midlothian
2013–2014 Livingston
2018– Raith Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John McGlynn (born 19 December 1961) is a Scottish football player and manager.

Playing career

Musselburgh-born McGlynn enjoyed a brief senior playing career with Berwick Rangers,[1] having been a youth player with Bolton Wanderers.[1] After three years with The Borderers, McGlynn dropped out of the senior game into junior football, firstly with Musselburgh Athletic then Whitehill Welfare.[1]

During his time at Ferguson Park, McGlynn started coaching youth sides and gradually coaching rather than playing became his primary function.[1]

Coaching and management

Early career

McGlynn was appointed co-manager at Easthouses Lily[1] before returning to Musselburgh as manager in his own right.[1]

Hearts (coach)

In 1996, McGlynn was invited to assist with coaching the youth sides at Heart of Midlothian by newly appointed manager Jim Jefferies, initially on a part-time basis.[1] Within two years he had earned a permanent position, eventually working his way up to the position of first-team coach.[1]

He was twice appointed manager on a caretaker basis in 2005, after the departures of John Robertson[2] and George Burley.[3]

Raith Rovers

McGlynn ended his ten-year association with Hearts when he was appointed Raith Rovers manager on 20 November 2006.[4] Rovers' second season in the Scottish Second Division ended in disappointment, finishing third and beaten in the promotion play-off semi-finals against Stirling Albion.[5] In 2007–08, McGlynn's first full season, Raith again finished third[6] and fell at the first play-off hurdle, losing to Airdrie United.[7] In 2008–09, however, McGlynn guided Raith to the Second Division title and subsequent promotion back to the First Division.[8]

McGlynn won his first manager of the month award as a Division One manager in March 2010.[9] McGlynn led Raith to a comfortable seventh place[10] and took the club into their first Scottish Cup semi-final for 47 years,[11] beating Peterhead,[12] Airdrie,[13] Aberdeen[14] and Dundee.[11] Raith were eliminated by eventual Cup winners Dundee United.[8]

McGlynn then led Raith to a First Division championship challenge in 2010–11.[8] Despite losing out to Fife derby rivals Dunfermline Athletic in the final weeks of the season,[8] McGlynn won the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.[15] In the 2011–12 season, however, Raith struggled against relegation from the First Division.[16]

Hearts (manager)

McGlynn was appointed manager of Hearts on 26 June 2012.[17] With the restricted budget imposed by the club's financial situation he was only able to bring in two new signings and he put his faith in many young players coming through the youth ranks.

Hearts started the SPL season badly under McGlynn, with only one win in the first six games, and lost in the Europa League play-off against Liverpool 2–1 on aggregate, drawing at Anfield.[18] In the League Cup they defeated Livingston[19] and Dundee United to reach the semi-final,[20] but they lost 1–0 to city rivals Hibernian in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.[21]

Hearts progressed to the 2013 League Cup Final,[22] but poor league results led to McGlynn departing by mutual consent on 28 February 2013.[23]


On 12 September 2013, McGlynn was appointed manager of Livingston, replacing the departing Richie Burke.[24] He was initially given a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season.[25] After overseeing good results that improved Livingston's league position, McGlynn agreed an extended rolling contract with the club.[25] McGlynn left Livingston by mutual consent in December 2014.[26]

Celtic (scout)

Celtic hired McGlynn as a first team scout in January 2015, under the management of Ronny Deila.[27] He continued in this position after the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Celtic manager in 2016.[28][29][30]

Raith Rovers (second spell)

McGlynn returned to Raith Rovers, now in League One, in September 2018.[31]


Raith Rovers

Managerial statistics

As of match played 17 November 2018
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Raith Rovers Scotland November 2006 July 2012 249 106 64 79 042.57
Heart of Midlothian Scotland July 2012 February 2013 34 10 10 14 029.41
Livingston Scotland September 2013 December 2014 58 22 9 27 037.93
Raith Rovers Scotland September 2018 Present 7 4 1 2 057.14
Total 348 142 84 122 040.80

  • SPFL clubs only (Caretaker spells not included)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "John still hale and hearty". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. 29 March 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ "McGlynn: Elvis in good nick". Johnston Publishing. 14 May 2005. Archived from the original on 7 November 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2006.
  3. ^ "McGlynn calling for brave Hearts". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Raith Rovers appoint McGlynn boss". BBC Sport. 20 November 2006.
  5. ^ "Stirling Albion 3-1 Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Scottish Second Division 2007/08". Sky Sports. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  7. ^ Andrew McInnes (5 May 2008). "Airdrie Utd 2-2 Raith Rovers (Agg 4-2)". Daily Record. Media Scotland. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Matthew Elder (15 April 2016). "John McGlynn: The man who put the pride back into Raith Rovers". Fife Today. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Irn-Bru Phenomenal Manager of the Month for First Division Announced". Scottish Professional Football League. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  10. ^ "John McGlynn is Hearts manager after leaving Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b Matthew Elder (29 November 2013). "Rovers look for spirit of 2010 in Dens cup tie". Fife Today. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Peterhead 1-4 Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Airdrie Utd 1-3 Raith Rovers". BBC Sport. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Aberdeen 0 - 1 Raith: Gregory Tade the hero for Rovers as Dons' cup curse strikes again". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  15. ^ "PFA awards for John McGlynn and John Baird". BBC Sport. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  16. ^ "John McGlynn goes from SPL hopes to relegation scrap". STV. STV Group. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  17. ^ "John McGlynn departs for Tynecastle". Raith Rovers FC. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  18. ^ Alasdair Lamont (30 August 2012). "Liverpool 1-1 Hearts (2-1)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  19. ^ Brian McLauchlin (25 September 2012). "Hearts 3-1 Livingston". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  20. ^ Clive Lindsay (31 October 2012). "Dundee Utd 1-1 Hearts (4-5 pens)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  21. ^ Colin Moffat (2 December 2012). "Hibernian 1-0 Hearts". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  22. ^ Ewing Grahame (26 January 2013). "Inverness 1 Hearts 1: match report". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  23. ^ "John McGlynn departs Hearts manager position". BBC Sport. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  24. ^ "Richie Burke resigns". Livingston FC. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  25. ^ a b "McGlynn signs new Livingston contract". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Publishing. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  26. ^ Manager John McGlynn departs Livingston 'by mutual consent' BBC Sport, 16 December 2014
  27. ^ Morgan, James (19 January 2015). "Former Hearts manager takes up Celtic post". HeraldScotland. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  28. ^ Matthew Lindsay (3 August 2018). "Brendan Rodgers: Celtic can take advantage of the Premier League transfer window closing early". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  29. ^ Moira Gordon (25 June 2016). "Celtic's Brendan Rodgers happy he has ex-Hearts boss on board". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  30. ^ Scott McDermott (10 February 2018). "Zenit analysed as Celtic's Europa League rivals warm up for showdown with 3-1 win over Maribor". Daily Record. Media Scotland. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Raith Rovers: John McGlynn returns to Stark's Park as manager". BBC Sport. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
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