Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

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Iain Russell

Squad No: 23
Position: Striker
DOB: 14/11/1982
Birth Place: Dumfries
Height: 5ft 11ins
Weight: 11st 7lbs
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Iain, grandson of the former Airdrieonians, Rangers and Scotland internationalist Ian McMillan, grew up in Annan.

He started his career at Rangers although he did not feature for the first team, and first played in the first team for Motherwell and then Dumbarton.

He played over 100 games for Sons in 2003-6 and was the club's player of the year in 2005.

He struggled with a hamstring injury throughout the opening period of his Brechin City career, but two goals against Stranraer on October 28 2006 at Glebe Park saw him open his account. He was the season's top scorer with 15 goals to his name.

At the same time he was working towards a quantity surveying degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. But when he signed on full-time at Greenock Morton in August 2007 that was put on hold.

Iain scored nine goals in all competitions in his first season with Morton, finishing two goals behind top scorer Peter Weatherson.

In September 2009, he was loaned out to second division side Alloa Athletic. After returning for Alloa, he was sent out on loan again, this time to Stirling Albion.

On April 20 2010, he scored the winner in a 2–1 victory over Clyde to relegate the Bully Wee, but despite his contribution to the championship win, he did not play enough games to win a championship medal. However another ex-Son, manager Allan Moore, gave him his medal in gratitude for his efforts.

He signed a two-year deal with Livingston in June 2010 and a one-year contract extension in May 2012. In his three years at the club he made 93 league appearances and scored 44 goals.

Next he signed for Queen of the South on May 21 2013 and spent three seasons with the Dumfries side making 100 first team appearances and scoring 32 goals.

He signed for Airdrieonians on May 21 2016, and scored 18 goals in 32 games including a hat-trick of penalties in a 4-1 win over Queen's Park.

At the end of the season he decided to hang up his boots, but after missing the game he decided to return, and rejoined Sons in January 2018.

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