Television pundit and former Scottish international and Premier League footballer who played as a midfielder from 1989 until 2004.
Craig Burley began his professional career with Chelsea in 1989 and made his first appearance in the newly formed Premier League at the end of 1992 in a 2–1 away win at Tottenham Hotspur.
He went on to become a regular under manager Glenn Hoddle and played in the 1994 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, picking up a runners-up medal following a 4–0 defeat. Two years later, Chelsea got to the FA Cup semi finals where they again faced Manchester United.
Craig joined Celtic in 1997 and made his debut against Hibernian, going on to make 64 appearances scoring 20 goals before transferring back to England with Derby County on 1 December 1999 for £3 million.
Burley played for Scotland in the 1998 World Cup in France and scored the Scotland goal in a 1–1 draw with Norway in Bordeaux.
After recovering from injury problems, Craig won a Scotland recall against Austria in 2003 under new manager Berti Vogts but then announced his international retirement.
On 12 September 2003 he signed with Dundee on a free transfer but only played twice in a two-month spell before being released and eventually signing for Preston North End in January 2004. By March he was a free agent again after only making four appearances for North End. He signed with Walsall on a free transfer for the remainder of the 2003–04 season and played five times before retiring at the end of the season.
Craig Burley worked as a pundit and commentator for ESPN UK and contributes to Absolute Radio, ESPN and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Barclays Premier League coverage.