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Thursday 18th August 2016

Magic Number #21

We focus on five players to have worn 21 on the back of their shirt. The question is - do you remember them and where are they now?

Last week we took a look at some of the most recognisable and iconic number 7s ever to play in Scotland.
This week we’re focusing on five players to have worn 21 on the back of their shirt. The question is - do you remember them and where are they now?
John Ruddy (Motherwell)
First up this week is the England international goalkeeper who spent the 2009/10 season on loan at Fir Park in order to gain valuable first-team experience. Ruddy joined the Steelmen on loan from Everton, who he had been with since 2005.
Whilst at the Toffees, he spent the majority of his time out on loan at various different clubs, with his most successful spell coming at Motherwell.
He excelled at Fir Park and ended up signing for Norwich City at the end of the 2009/10 season, where he has been the first-choice shot-stopper ever since.
Mehdi Abeid (St Johnstone)
The Algerian midfielder spent a few months at McDiarmid Park on loan from Newcastle United during the 2012/13 season. He played 12 league games for Saints without scoring a goal.
Upon his return to St James’ Park, Abeid made numerous Premier League appearances under a few different managers but was unable to make himself a first-team regular. He now plays for Panathinaikos in the Greek Superleague.
Ismael Bouzid (Hearts)
Another Algerian on the list, the centre-back arrived at Tynecastle in 2009 from Turkish side Ankaragucu boasting a wealth of experience. Bouzid had already played for numerous sides across Europe including Metz, Kaiserslautern and Galatasaray before his arrival in Edinburgh.
He made over 50 league appearances for the Jambos over a two-year period before being released in 2011. Bouzid made a return to Scotland in 2013, making four appearances for Kilmarnock. He now plays with Progres Niederkorn in the Luxembourg national division.
Lindsay Wilson (Kilmarnock)
The Aussie defender joined Kilmarnock on loan from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2006, hitting just over double figures in terms of appearances.
Early in his career, Wilson played over a century of league games for Canberra Cosmos and Sydney Olympic in the top flight of Australian soccer. His performances while playing for the latter earned him two international caps for the Socceroos in 2001.
Eugene Dadi (Livingston)
Dadi joined Livingston from Aberdeen in 2002. The Ivorian was a cult hero at Pittodrie and quickly found favour with the Livi fans after his move to West Lothian.
After his spell in Scotland, Dadi moved to Tranmere Rovers, where he became the club’s top scorer in his first season. During his time at Prenton Park, the striker tried his hand at fashion, designing a range of 15 dresses for a label in Liverpool. He retired from football in 2012, just shy of 40 years old, having played for 15 different clubs over his career.