Jackie began his career at Dunfermline Athletic as an attacking right wing-back and played almost 100 games for the Pars before moving to Celtic for £650,000 in 1995.
He marked an impressive start to his Celtic career, being named Scottish PFS Young Player of the Year in 1996. He won his first trophy with the club against Dundee United in the 1997 League Cup Final and also helped when Celtic took the Scottish Premier Division title that season. He was awarded the Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 2004.
Jackie played over 300 times for the Hoops, his final game ironically being in the 2005 Scottish Cup Final against United. Thereafter, he moved onto Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aberdeen and Falkirk, finishing his playing career at Partick Thistle in 2011. In all, Jackie made well over 500 appearances during his playing days and represented Scotland at international level on 33 occasions, being a member of the national side that played in the 1998 World Cup finals.
In April 2011 Jackie was appointed caretaker boss of Partick Thistle and was subsequently confirmed as manager a month later. He earned praise for the style of football of his young, energetic team and also obtained a reputation for excellent man management skills. Jackie joined United as manager in January 2013 as the Club embarked on a new chapter in our proud history.
On Monday, 24 February 2014, Dundee United announced that Manager Jackie McNamara had signed a one-year contract extension effective until May 2017.