Peter McCloy

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Peter McCloy
Personal information
Full name Peter McCloy
Date of birth (1946-11-16) 16 November 1946 (age 71)
Place of birth Girvan, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1970 Motherwell 137 (0)
1970–1986 Rangers 351 (0)
1988–1989 Heart of Midlothian 0 (0)
Total 488 (0)
National team
1966–1973 Scottish League XI 4 (0)
1973 Scotland 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter McCloy (born 16 November 1946 in Girvan, Ayrshire) is a retired football goalkeeper who played for Motherwell and Rangers. He was a member of the Rangers team which won the 1972 Cup Winners Cup, and was Rangers' first-choice goalkeeper for most of his 16-year spell at the club despite competition from players such as Gerhardt Neef, Stewart Kennedy and Jim Stewart.


McCloy, the son of a former professional footballer who had played for St Mirren, joined Motherwell from Crosshill Thistle in 1964. He stayed there for six seasons before joining Rangers in a player exchange deal in 1970. At Ibrox he was nicknamed "The Girvan Lighthouse", due to his birthplace and the fact he stood at 6' 4" tall. He played under three different Rangers managers: Willie Waddell, Jock Wallace (in both of his spells as manager), and John Greig. He won multiple honours in his Rangers career: two Scottish League titles, four Scottish League Cups, four Scottish Cups and Rangers' only ever European trophy, the 1972 UEFA Cup Winners Cup. He was one of only five players who featured in every match of the latter campaign, alongside Sandy Jardine, Willie Mathieson, Alex MacDonald and Colin Stein. He made 535 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, and played for Scotland on four occasions.

After retiring as a player in 1986, McCloy went into coaching, firstly during Graeme Souness' spell as Rangers manager, until 1988. He went on to work with a number of clubs and goalkeepers including Andy Goram and Jim Leighton. He was on the bench for Hearts for both legs of their 1988–89 UEFA Cup tie against Bayern Munich.[1]

McCloy is also a keen golfer and has represented Scotland at amateur level.


  1. ^ "Peter McCloy Goalkeeper". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

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