Former Motherwell and Celtic forward Scott McDonald has been named head coach of Australian side Gold Coast Knights.

The 38-year-old has retired from playing after a spell at A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers to take up the role. McDonald featured prominently for Motherwell and then Celtic during his time in Scottish football.

Motherwell v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

McDonald is well-liked at Motherwell and Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He also had short spells at Dundee United and Partick Thistle before returning to his native Australia. McDonald first moved to Scottish football with Motherwell in 2004 before winning the Scottish Premiership and League Cup at Celtic.

Gold Coast Knights play in the Queensland National Premier League and McDonald was still playing A-League football prior to the end of the season. But he is fully focusing on coaching as he embarks into the next stage of his career.


McDonald said: “A chapter ends and another begins! Super excited about being appointed as Head Coach of Gold Coast Knights. I want to thank the club for giving me this opportunity and I’m looking forward to working hard with them and the players to bring every success to the football club.

“I can’t wait to get to work and grow with the players and the club as a whole. The challenges we face together will come thick and fast and it’s a privilege to be part of this great club.”

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