Date of birth
Ali came through the youth ranks at Dundee United, progressing from their academy to their first team squad. He signed professional forms just after his 16th birthday and made his debut before he turned 17, playing against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
He spent time on loan at East Fife during the 2015/16 campaign, where he scored his first professional goals, and played 16 times for Dundee United in all competitions in 2016/17. He scored twice towards the end of the campaign and helped them reach the Scottish Championship Play-Offs, where they were beaten by Hamilton Academical, and also featured in the Scottish Challenge Cup win for the Tannadice side.
Ali has been playing for Scotland’s youth teams from the age of 13. He has been involved at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 level. He helped Scotland reach the 2015 European Under-17 Championships but did not play in the finals due to First Team commitments.