Iain Anderson

Name: Iain Anderson
Date of Birth: 23rd July 1977
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Winger, Midfield
Signed: January 2006 from Dundee
Departed: March 2007 contract terminated
Debut: 7th January 2006 v Motherwell (3-0)
Final Match: 19th September 2006 v Celtic (0-2)
Apps: 16
Goals: 3
Honours: 2005/06 First Division

The youngest ever scorer in the Scottish Premier Division era when he converted a penalty for Dundee aged 16 against Hibs in 1993, Iain Anderson was a player of immense unfulfilled potential, however injuries played such a devastating part in the midfielders career it had all but frittered out by the age of 30.

Initially a wide player who would move infield as his career progressed, Anderson was a set piece specialist with great technical ability, and after six years at Dens Park it was no surprise when the 13 times capped Scotland u21 player moved abroad to French side Toullose in 1999.

Homesickness however forced the 22 year old back to the UK, and he joined third tier English club Preston on loan in 2000 before completing a club record £500,000 move the Lancashire side after helping them to promotion to the second tier. Despite making a big impression at Deepdale, repeated injury issues completely curtailed his progress and the winger found himself on loan at Tranmere in 2003 and then sold to Grimsby Town a few months later

A return to Dundee occurred in 2004, but injuries again restricted his appearances and the midfielder moved to Saints in early 2006 with the team top of the first division and looking odds on for a return to the SPL. Anderson undoubtedly helped the cause, playing in a central midfield three as Gus MacPherson utilised a wing back system, and made his debut as a sub when Saints beat Motherwell 3-0 on the 7th January 2006 during a pulsating Scottish Cup performance.

The following week, Anderson came off the bench again, this time against Airdrie at half time at New Broomfield, to great effect when he grabbed a fine double during a 4-1 win. A few weeks later, he would add another goal as Saints disposed of Stranraer 3-0 with ease, however injuries were once more holding Anderson back, and he would only manage 11 matches for the club in 14 months before being freed in March 2007 aged just 29.

Short spells at Ross County, Ayr Utd and Elgin City would follow, however Anderson retired in 2008 at the age of 30 citing injuries and personal issues, a sad end to a potentially great career.

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