Another recent addition to the All Whites arsenal, the diminutive New Zealand-born, Scottish-raised midfielder debuted for the All Whites last September against Jordan having previously represented Scotland at youth level. McGlinchey immediately made an impression playing in New Zealand’s three ensuing internationals, featuring in both legs of the historic FIFA World Cup™ play-off victory over Bahrain, and then March’s friendly against Mexico.
As a highly rated teenager McGlinchey signed with his boyhood club Celtic, despite an offer from Manchester United, and almost immediately made his debut at the age of 17. It was to be his only appearance for the Glasgow giants, and after a loan spell at Dunfermline he was eventually released in mid 2009.
Australian A-League club Central Coast Mariners picked up the 23-year-old who impressed in his five months at the club only to return to Scotland in January with Motherwell on loan. The move allowed McGlinchey to prepare for South Africa with the A-League regular season concluding in February.
A tenacious midfielder with the capability of threading a defence splitting pass, McGlinchey’s skills have been warmly welcomed by All Whites coach Ricki Herbert.