Alexander "Alec" Cleland (born 10 December 1970 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional footballer.
Cleland started his career with Scottish Premier Division
club Dundee United
, for whom he made 159 appearances, lifting the Scottish Cup
in 1994. He signed for [Rangers F.C.|Rangers]] in a joint deal with Gary Bollan
in 1995 and established himself in the right-back slot at Ibrox
. After over 100 appearances for the Glasgow
club, he joined English FA Premiership
along with manager Walter Smith
in 1998; however, his time in England was blighted with constant injury problems, and he only made 44 appearances before retiring in 2002.
Cleland was the youth coach
of Livingston F.C.
until May 2007. He also took on a caretaker-manager role on three occasions, the most recent being after the resignation of Paul Lambert
on 11 February 2006
. He was also assistant to Steve Morrison (footballer)
at East Stirling
Cleland was appointed as a youth coach at Inverness Caledonian Thistle
in January 2008.