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Bolton Wanderers FC Player Profiles

Posted 1st August 2014 at 12:18 pm

After spending the first half of the 2013/14 season on loan at BL6, Kevin McNaughton re-joined Wanderers on a season-long loan deal in July 2014.

The defender started his career with Aberdeen in 1999, with his versatility often seeing him lining up anywhere in defence or midfield.

Having established himself as a regular in the Dons’ backline during the 2000/01 season, McNaughton’s performances the following year earned him an international debut for Scotland against Jay-Jay Okocha’s Nigeria, as well as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award.

With injury problems curtailing his progress over the next two seasons, McNaughton eventually returned to form before moving on to pastures new as he joined Cardiff City on a free transfer in May 2006.

With promotion to the Premier League his aim following his move to South Wales, McNaughton had to suffer many failed attempts, including a Championship Play-Off Final defeat in 2010, before the Bluebirds did finally secure their place in the top flight as Championship winners in 2013.

Also a member of the Cardiff City side that lost to both Portsmouth and Liverpool in the 2008 FA Cup Final and 2012 League Cup Final respectively, McNaughton has firmly established himself as a Bluebirds’ fan-favourite.

After being allowed to join Bolton on loan in September 2013, McNaughton’s performances at Macron Stadium saw him handed a starting place in the Cardiff defence following his return to the Cardiff City stadium in January 2014.

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