JON-PAUL McGOVERN FACTFILE
Born: Glasgow, 1980 (Age 36) 2000-04 A winger, McGovern came through the youth ranks at Celtic but never made a first team appearance. After 15 games on loan at Sheffield United - where he made his pro debut - he joined Livingston for the 200304 season and won the Scottish League Cup before making a free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday in May 2004. 2004-07 An ever present as the Owls won promotion to the Championship in 2004-05, McGovern scored eight goals in 53 games, including one in the play-off final victory over Hartlepool. Released after an injury-hit 2005-06 season, he joined MK Dons and played 54 times as Martin Allen’s men finished fourth, eventually losing to Shrewsbury in the play-off semis. 2007-11 McGovern signed for Swindon in August 2007 and spent four years at the County Ground - his longest spell at any single club. In that time he scored eight goals in 153 matches and was part of the side beaten 1-0 by Millwall in the 2010 League One playoff final, a season in which he also collected the Supporters’ Player of the Year award. 2011-14 Following Swindon’s relegation to League Two, McGovern joined Carlisle in June 2011. He scored four goals in 85 games for the Cumbrians, helping Greg Abott’s men to finishes of eighth and 17th in League One. Released at the end of the 2012-13 season and unable to find a club, McGovern played once for Northern League side Celtic Nation and twice for Derry City before returning to his native Scotland with Ayr United. 2014-present McGovern scored five goals in 36 games for Ayr, then had a brief spell with Stirling Albion before joining Clyde in July 2015. He has since played 28 times for the Bully Wee, reaching the League Two play-offs in 2016, and in March 2017 was named interim co-manager.