Street Soccer Scotland Player
Gordon entered rehab three years ago and spent months fighting to get clean for the first time since he was a teenager.
Gordon McLean was just 14 when he first got hooked on drugs. Back then, John Major was Prime Minister, Take That were the poster-boys of pop music and the Scottish national team still qualified for World Cups. Fast-forward more than two decades and McLean, now 36, has left drug abuse and alcoholism behind and is preparing for “the second greatest achievement” of his life when he runs out as a Scotland player at this year’s Homeless World Cup.
I’m thankful that I’ve improved my mental and physical health, thankful for where I live, that I now feel safe in my life. Words can’t describe how all of this makes me feel.
McLean, a Rangers fan who now lives in Glasgow, entered rehab three years ago and spent months fighting to get clean for the first time since he was a teenager. This experience introduced him to Street Soccer Scotland and the Homeless World Cup. He says the impact of football on his life has been profound. Football has brought passion back to my life.
Football, and everything that has come with it, allowed me to start feeling good about myself for the first time in as long as I can remember. I used to live in the darkness and am in the light today. I’m so far removed from that lifestyle. I wake up every day very grateful for the amazing people and the opportunities I’ve got in my life today.