Ex-LOI star, 29, appointed new Airdrie boss

Rhys McCabe

A shock appointment.

Former League of Ireland star, Rhys McCabe, has been handed the reigns of Scottish League One side Airdrie, as he nears the end of his playing days.

McCabe previously plied his trade with Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic in the League of Ireland, before returning home to Scotland at the end of his stint on this side of the Irish Sea.

Since then, McCabe has played for Brechin City and Queen of the South, before then joining Airdrie in the Scottish third-tier. From there, he has since been appointed as their first-team manager.

“Obviously the opportunity has come up to dive straight in, so it’s one that I’m excited about..”

“It’s good to get signed up and get things over the line as quick as we have, so I’m excited, raring to go and looking forward to getting onto the pitch,” McCabe told airdriefc.com.

“I’ve always made it clear that towards the latter stages of my career it was an avenue I’d like to go down.

“Obviously the opportunity has come up to dive straight in, so it’s one that I’m excited about.”

The former Scotland U21 international has also previously played with Rangers in Scotland, before also enjoying stints with Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday after leaving Ibrox.

Prior to joining Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland, he then joined forces with Dunfermline Athletic where he spent two years at the club.

In Ireland, McCabe made almost 100 appearances for both Sligo and St Pat’s, scoring just seven goals in the same timeframe.

After being appointed as Airdrie boss, McCabe will act as player-manager of the club, with the midfielder impressing at the Excelsior Stadium.

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