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‘I’ll do it myself’: Ex-Socceroo turned coach Scott McDonald subs himself on during FFA Cup clash

Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it yourself.

Former Socceroos and Celtic forward Scott McDonald called his own number on Thursday night, subbing himself into Gold Coast Knights’ FFA Cup tie against Melbourne Victory.

Appointed head coach of the NPL Queensland side – which also features ex-Socceroo Mitch Nichols – in late August, McDonald said he had retired from playing.

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But on the big stage, McDonald listed himself as a substitute for the round of 16 clash at the Gold Coast Croatian Sports Centre.

McDonald (the coach) started brilliantly as Cai Tipaldo rose at a corner to head in the opening goal against the A-League leaders.

However not long after half-time, the potential cup-set was somewhat neutralised as Victory’s Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio levelled the scores.

That’s when it was time for only one man to enter the fray, with McDonald (the coach) making the call, and on went McDonald (the player) to replace the goal-scorer Tipaldo.

Unfortunately for McDonald it didn’t pay off, as Victory ended up scoring the winner in extra time to progress into the last eight 2-1, but it was still a wonderful moment of pure A-Leaguery.

McDonald returned to Australia in 2019 after a lengthy career in the UK, playing for Southampton, Bournemouth, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Millwall, then suiting up for Western United, Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers.

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