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His playing career saw him join Aberdeen F.C. in 1976 where he formed a formidable defensive partnership with Willie Miller. He enjoyed great success at Aberdeen under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson including a UEFA Cup Winners Cup win over Real Madrid. He also won the Scottish player of the year in 1990.
After his successful playing career he quickly went into football management with Motherwell F.C. in 1994. His first season at Motherwell saw him take the Lanakshire club to second in the Premier League behind Walter Smith's Rangers. However, he failed to build on this success and the next two season were spent in relegation battles. He resigned as manager to take over at Hibernian F.C. in 1998 where he guided the Edinburgh team back to the Scottish Premier League. He attracted top players such as Russell Latapy and former French international Franck Sauzee. He also helped develop young striker Kenny Miller who would later go on to play for Rangers.
His work at Hibs was noticed and he was linked with several moves to England before he was appointed as Rangers manager in 2001 after departing Rangers manager Dick Advocaat recommended him to chairman David Murray. He was an instant success at Rangers winning both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup in his first season. His second season saw him go one better when he won the treble with the help of top players such as Ronald de Boer and Barry Ferguson. However, Rangers' worsening financial state saw many of his top players leave in the close season with McLeish only able to replace them with free transfers and Bosman signings. Celtic won the league comfortably in season 2003/04 and McLeish was subsiquently put under pressure from fans after his poor signings.
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