Dec 14, 1973
|Age||49 years old|
In the Summer of 1996, Stade Rennais FC explored leads which had been completely unknown until then. Amongst them, two Scottish players were signed. Smith and Allan Johnston. Johnston could play on either side of midfield of in attack. He arrived at the tail end of the Intertoto Cup run, and started the season as first-choice, justifying his selection in the best way possible, combining well with the strike pairing of Guivarc’h and Wiltord. He also scored two goals, one at home against Nice, the other against Strasbourg. But after 12 starts in the first half of the season, Johnston became progressively surplus to requirements under Colleu, as the Manager opted to strengthen midfield, with Lambert, Huard, Lassissi and Rekdal. After his final start at Nantes in February 1997, he would not figure on a single team-sheet at Rennes after that. In July, he started his tour of English clubs, starting at Sunderland, before joining Bolton, Middlesbrough and Birmingham, before getting called up to play for the Scottish national side, where he scored two goals.