23 March 2009

Andrew Little

Name: Andrew Little
Born: 12 May 1989, Enniskillen
Height: 6.00 ft
Weight: 11.09 st
Position: Forward / Midfielder / Defender

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Full (2009-date), 6 Under-21 Caps / 3 Goals (2008-2010), 11 Under-19 Caps / 4 Goals, 6 Under-17 Caps / 2 Goals.
Club Honours: (with Rangers) Scottish League One Champion 2013/14; Scottish Third Division Champion 2012/13.

Club Career:
Teams......... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- --League-- FA Cup FL Cup Others
Ballinamallard United ........... Youth
Rangers .......08/09-13/14 Jul-06 Youth .48(18)/34 4(7)/0 6(1)/2 3(0)/2
Port Vale .... 11/12 ..... Aug-11 .Loan ..2 (5)/ 0 
Preston N.E. . 14/15-15/16 Jun-14 .Free ..5 (7)/ 1 1(0)/0 1(1)/1 1(0)/0
Blackpool .... 15/16 ..... Nov-15 .Loan ..3 (2)/ 1 
Accrington St. 15/16 ..... Mar-16 .Loan ..0 (0)/ 0
Stirling Alb.. 16/17- date Feb-17 .Free


Biography:
Andrew Little is a versatile youngster called up for the first time for the World Cup Qualifiers against Poland and Slovenia in March/April 2009 as a replacement for injured Rangers teammate, Kyle Lafferty. Comfortable as a striker, attacking midfielder or anywhere in defence, Little previously played in Northern Ireland's successful Milk Cup team, scoring in the 2008 Elite Final win over Chile.

Little made his international debut as a last-minute sub for David Healy against Poland in March 2009, holding up the ball well as Northern Ireland held out for a 3-2 victory. His club debut came a month later, as a substitute forward in Rangers' 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over St Mirren on 25 April. His first start was at right-back in an Old Firm derby in October but picked-up a hamstring injury after just 14 minutes. Little's first firstteam goal was a dramatic injury time equaliser against Hearts in January 2010.

Little continued to prove his versatility, starting on the right wing and at right back against Italy and Albania on the occasions of his second and third caps. He retained the number two shirt for the summer 2009 friendlies against Turkey and Chile.

In August 2011, having been ruled out for much of the 2010/11 season by a hip injury, Little joined Port Vale on loan through to the following January as he sought fitness and match experience. The loan deal was cut short in October after he suffered a knee ligament injury.

Little enjoyed an extended run in the Rangers team toward the end of the 2011/12 season, and found a rich vein of goalscoring form for a comparatively struggling side. With Rangers' parlous financial state and eventual demotion to Division Three in the summer of 2012, Little agreed to remain at Ibrox. He finished 2012/13 as the Scottish Third Division's top scorer.

A second successive promotion was claimed in 2013/14, with Little enjoying a five game goalscoring run early on in the season. His season was then interrupted by a broken cheekbone collected against Dunfermline in November and on his return he struggled for form and a starting place. With Rangers' financial status still uncertain come the summer of 2014 Little was not offered a new deal and he signed for Preston North End.

Little has continued to struggle with injuries after joining Preston, making just eight starts in a season-and-a-half before playing on loan with Blackpool and Accrington Stanley. At the end of the 2015/16 season he was released was without a club until signed by Stirling in February 2017. Things continued to go against him however and after just five appearances he suffered a fractured skull in a training ground accident. He was however offered a new deal for the 2017/18 season.

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Northern Ireland Cap Details:
28-03-2009 Poland.. H W 3-2 WCQ sub
06-06-2009 Italy... A L 0-3 FR
03-03-2010 Albania. A L 0-1 FR
26-05-2010 Turkey.. N L 0-2 FR
30-05-2010 Chile... A L 0-1 FR
Still active.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
19-08-2008 Poland.... N L 0-1 MT
20-08-2008 Ukraine... A L 1-4 MT
05-09-2008 Germany... A L 0-3 ECQ
18-11-2008 Scotland.. A W 3-1 FR. 1 goal
03-09-2010 San Marino H W 4-0 ECQ 2 goals
07-09-2010 Germany... A L 0-3 ECQ


Summary: 6(0)/3. Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 4.

Pictures kindly supplied by Roy Cathcart and Chopper1.

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