What has the Northern League ever done for us?

#13 Glasgow Rangers

For Lee Robinson it has been a career of what might have beens. I first noticed his name as an unused sub for Rangers; after a little bit of research it turned out Lee had been plucked from Esh Winning in the Northern League with a bright future in front of him as a goalkeeper.

To be honest, that bright future never played out. He made a twelve minute appearance at Ibrox for Rangers in May 2006 against Hearts. What can I remember of it? Well, only that I thought then Rangers boss Alex McLeish had had a love child with Ron Howard and decided to show him off to the world in this game. The following season Lee failed to kick on and was rarely even number three keeper at Ibrox.

He was sent out on loan twice – to Morton and Queen of the South – and seemed to do well without doing anything spectacular. In 2009 he was released by Rangers and spent a year with Kilmarnock, but he only managed one game at Rugby Park before he was released once again. In the summer of 2010 he re-signed for Queen of the South but lasted only two games there before drifting out of professional football altogether.

Although Lee is currently without a club, at 24 there is still time for him to do something with his career. I had arranged to do an interview with him for this article on his experiences in the Northern League and Scotland but he twice cancelled – being an unemployed goalkeeper seems to be a busy occupation.

Rangers fan and football writer Scott Johnston edits the fantastic The FootyBlog.net, which was recently featured in The Guardian. You can follow him on twitter here.

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