Michael McGlinchey

22:57, May 10 2010
Michael McGlinchey
BACK HOME: A Fifa rule change allowed Michael McGlinchey to switch his international football allegiance to New Zealand, which he had left as an infant.

Age: 23
Place of birth: Wellington
Position: Midfielder
Club: Motherwell (on loan from Central Coast Mariners)
All Whites debut: v Jordan, Sept 9, 2009
Caps: 4
Goals: 0
Other national teams: Scotland U-19, U-20
Former clubs: Celtic, Dundermline Athletic (loan), Central Coast Mariners 

Michael McGlinchey may be Wellington-born but he has a treacle-thick Scottish accent after growing up in Glasgow where he spent his formative football years on Celtic's books. 

But the Scottish age-group international made just one first team appearance in four years at Celtic Park but played eight games on loan to Dunfermline Athletic.

McGlinchey went to the under-20 World Cup finals with Scotland in 2007 but was released by Celtic in 2009.  His agent secured him a trial and a subsequent two-year contract with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

A Fifa rule change allowed McGlinchey to switch his international football allegiance to New Zealand, which he had left as an infant.

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert swooped and included the attacking midfielder in his team for last September's friendly with Jordan in Amman. McGlinchey made an immediate impression out of position on the right flank but had to be substituted for a specialist defender when centreback Ivan Vicelich was sent off.

The 1.75m skilful distributor did enough to earn a place in the squad for the World Cup playoffs with Bahrain. He ignited the All Whites' attack with his precision passing as a second half substitute in the first leg in Manama last October and started in central midfield for an injured Simon Elliott in the 1-0 win in Wellington which earned the All Whites their ticket to South Africa.

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Now on loan from Central Coast to Scottish Premier League Club Motherwell, McGlinchey, 23, looks set for a long future in an All Whites shirt. 

Career highlights:

2010: Joined Scottish club Motherwell on loan in January.

2009: Released by Celtic in May. After trialling with Toronto in the MLS, McGlicnhey signed with the Central Coast Mariners. A change to Fifa's player eligibility rules allows Wellington-born McGlinchey to make himself available for New Zealand despite representing Scotland at age-group level. Made his New Zealand debut in a 3-1 win over Jordan in Amman.

2007: Represented Scotland in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

2005: Made his debut for Celtic as an 18-year-old