Greg Shields Biography & Facts
Greg Shields (born 21 August 1976) is a Scottish football player and coach, who is currently a First Team Coach with Dunfermline Athletic. His playing career was most closely associated with Dunfermline Athletic, as he played for the club over 200 times across two spells and was their captain in two national cup finals. Shields also played for Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Walsall, Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle and the Carolina RailHawks. He represented Scotland in under-21 and B internationals.
Shields started his career with Gairdoch United Boys Club before joining the youth system at Rangers. One of his first senior appearances was in October 1996 in a UEFA Champions League tie against Ajax. He went on to play only 11 times for the Glasgow club before a £200,000 move to Dunfermline Athletic in 1997.
England and Scotland
After 86 consecutive appearances for the Pars he swapped west Fife for south London in a £600,000 move to Alan Curbishley's Charlton Athletic in 1999. After an impressive start at The Valley, Shields ran into some injury problems which eventually ruined his Charlton career.
After a brief spell on loan at Walsall, Jim Jefferies brought him back home to Scotland at SPL side Kilmarnock, initially on loan then permanently. He quickly established himself in the Rugby Park side, becoming captain in season 2002–03. This alerted his former employers Dunfermline Athletic, who swooped to take him back to East End Park during the January 2004 transfer window (coincidentally, both his goals for Killie were scored against Dunfermline and they were also the last opponent he faced while at the Ayrshire club).Dunfermline played in the final of the Scottish Cup that season but Shields was cup-tied after playing in an earlier round for Kilmarnock. Injury again wrecked most of the 2004–05 season for him. He captained the Pars in the 2006 Scottish League Cup Final and the 2007 Scottish Cup Final, both of which ended in defeat to Celtic; his defensive colleagues included former Rangers youth teammate Scott Wilson.
On 26 May 2009, Shields was poised to join Carolina RailHawks in the United States, managed by Scotsman Martin Rennie. Carolina RailHawks announced on 16 July 2009 that they had signed Shields. He had a loan spell back in Scotland with Partick Thistle before returning to RailHawks where he finished his playing career in 2013.
Shields worked as an assistant coach with the RailHawks, as well as being a head coach with Capital Area RailHawks, Carolina RailHawks' academy programme. He was appointed assistant head coach at Dunfermline Athletic in January 2019. After Peter Grant's tenure as Dunfermline manager ended, Shields, along with Steven Whittaker, were appointed joint interim manager of the club. Shields and Whittaker were in charge for two matches, before John Hughes was appointed on a permanent basis.
As of match played on 13 November 2021
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