13 July 2013

Northern Ireland's All-Time SPL XI

Between the 1998/99 and 2012/13 seasons 48 Northern Ireland players featured in the Scottish Premier League. Of these players, nine made over 100 appearances, with Stephen Craigan (342) and Neil Lennon (214) the only ones to have topped 200. Andy Kirk holds the record for goals scored (42) with Dean Shiels (37) and Kyle Lafferty (31) the only others with more than thirty strikes. Four different players have claimed SPL winner's medals, Neil Lennon (5 times), Steven Davis (3), Kyle Lafferty (3) and Paddy McCourt (2). Five Northern Ireland-born or qualified men have managed in the SPL with Martin O'Neill the most successful having led Celtic to three titles, he is followed by one of his successors at Celtic Park, Neil Lennon, who has won two.

The SPL was replaced by the SPFL Premiership for the 2013/14 season.

An all-time Northern Ireland SPL XI (based on appearances)...

Player
Career
Apps/Gls
Clubs
1
Alan Mannus (gk)
11/12-12/13
51
/
0
St Johnstone
2
Joshn Magennis
10/11-12/13
87
/
9
Aberdeen
3
Danny Griffin
98/99-05/06
136
/
6
St Johnstone, Dundee Utd, Aberdeen
4
Neil Lennon
00/01-06/07
214
/
3
Celtic
5
Stephen Craigan
98/99-11/12
342
/
5
Partick Thistle, Motherwell
6
Brian McLean
05/06-12/13
120
/
6
Motherwell, Falkirk, Dundee Utd
7
Ivan Sproule
04/05-12/13
129
/
21
Hibernian, Ross Co.
8
Steven Davis
07/08-11/12
152
/
18
Rangers
9
Andy Kirk
98/99-11/12
150
/
42
Hearts, Dunfermline
10
Kyle Lafferty
08/09-11/12
104
/
31
Rangers
11
Dean Shiels
04/05-11/12
152
/
37
Hibernian, Kilmarnock
Substitutes:
13
Jonny Tuffey (gk)
10/11-11/12
8
/
0
Inverness C.T.
14
James McPake
03/04-12/13
70
/
2
Livingston, Hibernian
15
Paddy McCourt
08/09-12/13
66
/
9
Celtic
16
Niall McGinn
09/10-12/13
63
/
24
Celtic, Aberdeen
17
Stuart Elliott
00/01-09/10
75
/
22
Motherwell, Hamilton Ac.
18
Sam Morrow
04/05-12/13
64
/
6
Hibernian, Livingston, Ross Co.
19
Billy McKay
11/12-12/13
60
/
26
Inverness C.T.
Manager:
Martin O'Neill
00/01-04/05
190
Celtic

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