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28 June 2013

Get to know our new signing a little better with our quick guide

Stephen Crainey became the latest player to arrive at the DW Stadium this week, the second signing of the summer so far. With these ten facts, we give the inside track on our new left-back.

1. Stephen was born in Glasgow on June 22 1981, sharing a birthday with former Latics players Paul Cook, Steve Cooper and Paul West.

2. The defender joined Celtic in 1997, and made his professional debut in March 2000 in a home win over St. Johnstone.

3. As well being an international team-mate of a number of Scottish players already at Latics, Crainey was also a Celtic team-mate of Shaun Maloney, teaming up with the winger on a number of occasions before joining Southampton in 2004.

4. Stephen is also well acquainted with two other Latics players; Callum McManaman and Nouha Dicko, who were Blackpool team-mates of the full-back during their time on loan at Bloomfield Road.

5. As well as experiencing Champions League football on numerous occasions whilst at the Parkhead club, Crainey also helped Celtic reach the final of the 2002/03 UEFA Cup in Seville, where they were defeated 3-2 by Porto.

6. Crainey has promotion credentials, and is a two-time Championship playoff Final runner-up and one-time winner, helping Blackpool gain promotion to the top-flight in 2010, but losing at the same stage two years later, having suffered final heartache with Leeds United in 2006.

7. Crainey has played against Latics on five occasions, losing just once with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in 2011. He twice featured against us for Leeds United in the FA Cup third round tie back in 2006 which went to a replay and penalties at Elland Road.

8. His first professional goal came for Celtic against Hearts in November 2000, but he had to wait almost seven years before his next strike, coming against Sheffield United for Blackpool in September 2007.

9. At international level, Crainey has seven Scotland caps to his name, making his debut for the senior team against France in March 2002, and last featuring for his national team in November 2010 in a 3-0 win against Faroe Islands at Pittodrie, on the same night James McArthur made his international bow.

10. At the end of his first season with Blackpool (2007/08), Crainey scooped the Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Supporters Player of the Season awards, after making 43 appearances in all competitions.

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