Position : Centre half
Played : 1982-3 (on loan from Celtic)
Appearances : 4
Goals : 0
Willie was the next big centre half to come in for the injured Brian Taylor. He had been Aberdeen's regular centre half until he broke his leg in a European Cup Winner's Cup game in Bulgaria and then couldn't win his place back from Alex McLeish. In 1981 he signed for Celtic but two own goals on his debut killed off his career there and he was loaned to us.
I only saw him in that game against Blackpool but he looked pretty good. Unfortunately he chose to go to Alloa as player-manager instead of moving south.
After two years there he returned to Aberdeen as a non-playing assistant manager to Alex Ferguson. In 1986 Ferguson decided he was too easy-going and sacked him without warning or compensation shortly before leaving for Old Trafford. Willie went to work in a bank and played for Highland League sides before making a shock return to League football at the age of 35 with Berwick Rangers, adding 47 more games and another goal to his tally.