Kenny McDowall

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Kenny McDowall
Personal information
Full name Kenneth McDowall
Date of birth (1963-07-29) 29 July 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Drumchapel Amateurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Partick Thistle 67 (19)
1984–1993 St Mirren 178 (19)
Total 245 (38)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Rangers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenny McDowall (born 29 July 1963) is a Scottish football player and coach.

Playing career

During his playing career he played for Partick Thistle and St Mirren and featured in the 1987 Scottish Cup final as St Mirren defeated Dundee United 1–0. He made a total of 291 appearances for St Mirren and was rewarded with a testimonial in 1996 after twelve years service at the club.

Coaching career

After his playing career, he went into coaching and was appointed youth and reserve coach at Celtic in 1997.

After ten years at Celtic, McDowall switched to Glasgow rivals Rangers, working alongside manager Walter Smith and assistant manager Ally McCoist.[1] At the end of the 2010–11 season and with Smith's departure, McDowall went from being first team coach at Rangers, to assistant manager to McCoist. After McCoist was placed on gardening leave on 21 December 2014, McDowall was given control of the first team until the end of the 2014–15 season.[2] His first game in charge of Rangers was a 4–0 defeat against Hibernian at Easter Road.[3] On 19 January, McDowall stated his intention to resign.[4] Rangers said that he would work a 12-month notice period before leaving the club.[4] McDowall left Rangers in March 2015, soon after a new board of directors had taken control.[5]

Managerial statistics

As of 12 March 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Rangers (caretaker) Scotland December 2014 March 2015 10 3 3 4 030.00


  1. ^ "Smith appointed boss of Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 January 2007.
  2. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (21 December 2014). "Ally McCoist: Rangers manager leaves club & on gardening leave". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Rangers can still win promotion, says Kenny McDowall". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Rangers: Kenny McDowall trains first team after resigning". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Kenny McDowall: Caretaker manager departs Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.

External links

  • Kenny McDowall at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Profile at

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