James Keatings

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James Keatings
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Heart of Midlothian
Number 19
Youth career
2008–2010 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Celtic 0 (0)
2012 St. Johnstone (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Hamilton Academical (loan) 8 (2)
2013–2014 Hamilton Academical 30 (13)
2014– Heart of Midlothian 6 (4)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U16 6 (4)
2008 Scotland U17 6 (1)
2009–2010 Scotland U19 6 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 February 2012

James Keatings (born 20 January 1992) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Scottish Championship club Heart of Midlothian, as a forward. He previously played for Celtic, Hamilton Academical and St. Johnstone on loan. Keatings has also represented Scotland at under-16, under-17 and under-19 level.

Club career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

A member of Celtic's under-19 team Keatings was promoted to the first team on 10 November 2010, being named as a substitute for their game against Heart of Midlothian (Hearts).[1] He made one more appearance on the bench[2] before suffering a cruciate knee injury in April,[3] despite the knee injury he still finished the under 19's top scorer with 25 goals.[4] In June 2011, he was rewarded with a new three-year contract extending his stay until 2014.[3]

After a long rehabilitation[5] and with his involvement being limited to one appearance on the bench[6] and being a member of the club's development squad, Keatings was sent out on loan to St. Johnstone.[7] After ten years with Celtic Keatings was released by the club in 2013.[8]

St. Johnstone (loan)[edit]

On 30 January 2012, Keatings joined fellow Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone on loan until the end of the season.[9] He made his debut on 5 February as a substitute against Hearts in the Scottish Cup,[10] with his Scottish Premier League debut coming on 25 February against Dunfermline Athletic.[11] In all he made 5 appearances for the club.[12]

Hamilton Academical[edit]

On 24 August 2012, Keatings joined First Division club Hamilton Academical on a loan deal.[13] The next day, Keatings made his debut for the club coming on as a substitute in the second half, in a 1–0 loss against Cowdenbeath. Then, on 22 September 2012, Keatings came on as a substitute in the second half and scored twice, to make a come-back draw in a 3–3 draw against Dumbarton.[14] By the January transfer window, Keatings loan spell with Hamilton has been terminated after his loan spell has been cancelled.[15]

After being released by Celtic ahead of the new 2013–14 season,[16] Keatings went to Australia to have trials at Brisbane Roar[17] and Newcastle Jets.[18] Despite an offer in Australia[8] he signed for Hamilton on a permanent deal in July 2013, signing a one-year contract having impressed the club during pre-season training once again.[19] Upon his move to Hamilton, Keatings said that he hoped joining the club would help him to get his career back on track.[20]

Keatings made a perfect start for the club when he scored twice in the in the first round of Scottish League Cup, as they beat Stirling Albion 3-0.[21] In the league, he scored three goals in two games against Raith Rovers[22] and Dumbarton.[23] He continued his positive start when he scored twice in a 2-0 win over Livingston on 5 October 2013, ending his goal-scoring drought of six matches.[24] However, Keatings sustained a calf injury during a match against Raith Rovers and was sidelined for two weeks.[25] He made his return, in a 3-0 loss to Dundee on 23 November 2013. Keatings would score another three goals in two games against Cowdenbeath[26] and Dumbarton, which put his goal tally to ten.[27] After the match, Keatings believes the title race in the Scottish Premiership will go all the way in the remaining fifteen matches.[28] Though scoring, Keatings began making assist for players to score by ensuring the club keep on aiming for the promotion to Scottish Premiership. Keatings scored his fifteenth goal of the season in all competitions, in a match against Raith Rovers on 25 March 2014. He says after the match: "I hadn’t scored in three games and managed to put a header in the corner. The position I’m playing in means I haven’t had many chances like that, it’s probably the only one that has dropped to me in the box, and I’m delighted. Hopefully I get more and achieve my target."[29]

Despite initially indicating he would sign a new contract with the club following their promotion to the Scottish Premiership,[30] Keatings rejected the clubs offer.[31] In all he made 35 appearances, scoring 15 times over the course of the season.[32]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

On 13 June 2014, it was announced Keatings had signed a 2-year contract with recently relegated Scottish Championship side Heart of Midlothian.[33] After joining Hearts, Keatings said joining Hearts made him "over the moon to have the opportunity to sign for a big club like this after leaving Hamilton."[34] In his first league start for Hearts he scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory over Raith Rovers at Stark's Park.[35]

International career[edit]

Keatings has represented Scotland at U16,[36] U17[37] and U19 level.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 June 2014[39][40]
Club statistics
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Celtic 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Johnstone (loan) 2011–12 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2012–13 8 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 2
Hamilton Academical 2013–14 30 11 0 0 2 2 3 0 35 13
Total 38 13 0 0 4 2 4 0 45 15
Heart of Midlothian 2014–15 6 4 0 0 2 0 1 0 9 4
Total 6 4 0 0 2 0 1 0 9 4
Career total 48 17 1 0 6 2 5 0 59 19

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  24. ^ "Hamilton Academicals 2 Livingston 0: James Keatings ends his goal drought - and loses his beard against Livingston". Daily Record. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Blow for Accies as striker James Keatings ruled out for at least two weeks". Daily Record. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Hamilton Academical 3-3 Dumbarton". BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Accies striker James Keatings says title race will go all the way". Daily Record. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Hamilton striker James Keatings praises Jason Scotland's 'magic' for winner against Raith Rovers". Daily Record. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "James Keatings to quit Accies; linked with Hearts". scotsman.com. The Scotsman. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "James Keatings rejects new contract". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Keatings turns down new deal". heraldscotland.com. The Herald. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Hearts sign former Hamilton Accies striker James Keatings on two-year deal". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "Keatings: I’ve joined one of Scotland’s big guns". Edinburgh Evening News. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
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  37. ^ "James Keatings – U17 Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  38. ^ "James Keatings – U19 Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
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