Dean Shiels


{Player Profile Updated 31/7/2012}

Date of Birth: - 1st of February 1985.

Height: - 5 ft 11 in.

Nationality: - Northern Irish.

Position: - Attacking Midfielder.

Current Club: - Rangers.

Estimated Market Value: - 800,000 pounds.

Linked with: - N/A

Club Career:

-Shiels started his career at Arsenal, but made no first team appearances for the club before signing for Hibernian in 2004.

-He established himself in Hibs' first team squad in the 2006/2007 season.

-He scored his first hat-trick for Hibs on the 12th of January 2008 in a 3-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

-On the 2nd of February 2009 Shiels signed for Doncaster Rovers for a fee of around 50.000 pounds.

-He made his Rovers debut on the 21st of February 2009.

-Shiels performed impressively in the 2009/2010 season 6 goals in 25 starts.

-He was loaned to Kilmarnock in July 2011 after losing his place at Doncaster and his contract was mutually terminated in January 2012.

-Shiels made his first appearance for Kilmarnock on the 30th of July 2011.

-He scored his first goal for Kilmarnock in a 2-1 away defeat to Inverness CT.

-On the 18th of March, he played in the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final, which Kilmarnock won after beating Celtic 1-0.

-Shiels was shortlisted for the SPFA Players' Player of the Year award.

-He rejected the offer of a new contract with Kilmarnock and left the club at the end of the season.

-Shiels signed for the relaunched Rangers on the 31st of July 2012.

International Career:

-Shiels won his first Northern Ireland cap against Portugal in November 2005.

-Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said in February 2012 that Shiels could still have an international future after being absent for 18 months.

Club Statistics


2004/2009 - 117 appearances 24 goals.

Doncaster Rovers:

2009/2012 - 83 appearances 10 goals.

Kilmarnock (loaned):

2011/2012 - 20 appearances 6 goals.


2012 - 15 appearances 7 goals.

International Statistics:

Northern Ireland - 9 appearances 0 goals.

General Comments:

Dean shiels as a reasonably good player, he's never going to be anything big though. Today it was announced he was joining Rangers, which i think is a fairly good move for both club and player. He is a player that is very attack minded and can score and create goals. In all honesty i haven't watched him play an awful lot, but from what I've heard he will do a fantastic job for Rangers, he can play just off the striker or on the wing i believe.

Let's move on to his strengths, He scores a fair amount of goals, and he also creates for players around him. (something Rangers are lacking) Shiels is also an agile player that can pop up when you don't expect him too.

His weaknesses, Sometimes he seems weak and gets pushed of the ball to much, physically he really isn't the best. But because of the type of player he is, this shouldn't affect his game to much.

Overall he is a creative player that can get you goals. I would like people that know of any strengths or weaknesses that i have missed to leave a comment please or if you have any general feedback. Thanks.

I know this hasn't been the strongest profile but i don't know an awful lot about him and i still hope to get a lot of feedback on it, this will help the profile the next time it is updated so leave a comment.

Summary of Shiels:

Strengths - Shooting, creativity, flair and vision

Weaknesses - physically weak and not very good defensively.

The Business End of the Profile.

Kilmarnock were probably very disappointing to loose Shiels, he was a good player for them. I'm not sure what teams wanted him before he went to Rangers but If you have any idea please leave a comment.

Thanks, appreciate feedback.