Michael Tidser

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Michael Tidser
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Personal information
Full name Michael Tidser[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-15) 15 January 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Greenock Morton
Number 12
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Östersunds FK ? (?)
2010–2013 Greenock Morton 103 (9)
2013–2015 Rotherham United 11 (0)
2014 Ross County (loan) 16 (0)
2014–2015 Oldham Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2015– Greenock Morton 35 (1)
National team
2007 Scotland U18 3 (1)
2008 Scotland U19 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 13 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 January 2014

Michael Tidser (born 15 January 1990) is a Scottish footballer, currently playing for Greenock Morton.

Tidser began his career with Celtic, before spending a short spell in Sweden with Östersunds FK. Tidser then returned to Scotland to spend three seasons at Greenock Morton, where he made well over 100 appearances. Tidser then moved to English club Rotherham United. After spells on loan with Ross County and Oldham Athletic, Tidser returned to Morton in 2015.

He is a former Scotland U19 international and features in the 2012–13 First Division team of the year as Morton finished second in the league.

Club career[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Tidser started his career with Celtic and was captain of the Under 19's before being released.[2] He then signed a short-term contract with Swedish side Östersunds FK.[3]


After his contract expired with Östersunds, he signed an 18-month deal with Greenock Morton.[4]

Tidser would make an impressive start for the club, which resulted winning Young Player of the Month for March 2010[5] and has been watched by Rangers coach Kenny McDowall.[6]

In 2010/11 season, Tidser scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over Partick Thistle.[7] His impressive performance continued with Scottish Premier League's Kilmarnock and League One side Huddersfield Town, but no avail.[8] Then, on 12 February 2011, Tidser then sent off after a second bookable offence, in a 1–0 loss against Falkirk.[9] After the match, Manager Allan Moore said he was disappointed with Tidser's action.[10] In April 2011, Tidser signed a new three-year deal with Morton.[11]

In 2011/12 season, Tidser started the season well, scoring his first goal of the season, before providing an assist for Peter MacDonald to score a winning goal, in a 2–1 win over Livingston on 13 August 2011. A week later, on 23 August 2011, he scored again and setting up a goal for MacDonald, in the second round of the Scottish League Cup, in a 4–3 loss against St Mirren. However, his early season was overshadowed with a knee problem.[12][13] Following an operation, it was announced that he will be out for two-months, he was expected to come back in December.[14] Soon in mid-November, Tidser resumed training.[15] Upon recovering from injury, Tidser spoke to the Greenock Telegraph describing his sidelined from injury as "torture" and hard to make a return.[16] In January 2012, after Stuart McCaffrey was ruled out for the season, Tidser was made Morton's team captain just after his 22nd birthday.[17] On 20 March 2012, he scored his second goal of the season, in a 2–0 win over Falkirk.

In 2012–13 season, Tidser had a good season with the club, having made a good display to compete with Partick Thistle to get promoted to Scottish Premier League, which Morton finished second. On 6 October 2012 Tidser provided a double assist for Kevin Rutkiewicz and Mark McLaughlin, in a 3–1 win over Partick. It wasn't until 29 December 2012 when Tidser scored twice, in a 4–2 win over Dunfermline Athletic. That was followed up on 26 January 2013 when he scored in a 1–0 win over Raith Rovers. His next goal came on 23 February 2013 when he, again, scored against Dunfermline Athletic, with the same result on 29 December 2012. On 16 March 2013, Tidser scored his final goal of the season, in a 3–0 win over Dumbarton. During the season, he also made a good display by making assists. He also scored five times in the Scottish Cup, including a brace against Albion Rovers and Turriff United, which was scored in the Scottish Cup replay. However, Tidser suffered an groin injury, that ruled him out for the rest of the season.[18]

After a great season, Tidser was nominated for the 2012–13 First Division Player of the Year.[19] It got better for Tidser when he won the supporters' club awards.[20] In June 2013, Tidser was the subject of a £50k bid from Rotherham United, which was rejected by Morton chairman Douglas Rae at first.[21] Soon the bid was made again, but this time it was accepted five days later.[22]

Rotherham United[edit]

Tidser officially signed for Rotherham United on 3 July 2013.[23] The following week, on 9 July 2013, Tidser played against his former club Morton; when brought on, as a late substitute, he was given a standing ovation by Morton's fans.[24]

After featuring on the bench in the first two matches of the opening game of the 2013–14 season, Tidser finally made his debut after coming on as a late substitute in a 2–1 win over Crawley Town. However his start at Rotherham United didn't go as planned for him as his appearances had "mostly have been off the bench".[25]

On 3 January 2014, Tidser joined Ross County on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season, in order to help the club retain their Scottish Premiership status next season.[26][27] Tidser made his Ross County debut the next day, coming on as a substitute in the second half, in a 1–0 win over St Johnstone.[28] Tidser's playing time increased, playing in midfielder position and assisted twice in two games against Hibernian on 15 February 2014 and St Mirren on 22 February 2014. However, his knee injury put Tidser out for the reminder of the season.[29] Tidser made 16 appearances for Ross County and returned to his parent club at the end of the season.[30]

After making his return to Rotherham United, Tidser made his first appearance in a year for the club, in a 1–0 win over Fleetwood Town in the first round of the League Cup.[31] Tidser made two more appearance for the club, against Watford in the league[32] and another League Cup appearance against Swansea City.[33] But on 1 September 2014, in the last hour of Deadline Day, Tidser signed for Oldham Athletic on loan until January 2015.[34] Tidser made his Oldham Athletic debut in the second round of Football League Trophy, which they beat Barnsley 4–2 on penalty shoot-out.[35] However, Tidser struggled for the first team at the club and made seven appearance in all competitions.[36]

He was released in January 2015 after two years at Rotherham United, and was quickly on the radar of former club Morton.[37][38]

Return to Morton[edit]

In January 2015, Tidser returned to Morton on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[39] He was unable, however, to play until the 2015–16 season due to FIFA transfer regulations.[40] Because of this, Tidser played in the club's reserve matches, in order to maintain his fitness throughout the season.[41]

His 2015–16 season with Morton was limited to very few appearances before finally being ruled out all together in March after suffering a suspected hernia.[42]

International career[edit]

Tidser made three appearances for both the Scotland under-18 and under-19 sides, scoring once for the under-18's against Turkey.[43]



  • SFL Young Player of the Month – March 2010[5]
  • First Division Player of the Year nominee – 2012–13[19]
  • First Division Team of the Year2012–13[44]
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stuart McCaffrey
Greenock Morton captain
Succeeded by
Derek Young

See also[edit]


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  12. ^ "Tidser doubtful for Bairns clash". Greenock Telegraph. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Darren: I can fill gap left by Tids". Greenock Telegraph. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Fouad's foot break agony". Greenock Telegraph. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tidser looking for return to action". Greenock Telegraph. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
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  32. ^ "Rotherham United 0 – 2 Watford". BBC Sport. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  33. ^ "Swansea City 1–0 Rotherham United". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
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  35. ^ "Oldham Athletic 2–2 (aet) (4–2 penalty shoot-out) Barnsley". BBC Sport. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 50 (help)
  36. ^ "Loans Return To Parent Clubs". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 6 January 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  37. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (13 January 2015). "Morton in bid for Tidser". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  38. ^ "Millers agree Tidser release". Rotherham United F.C. 9 January 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
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  40. ^ -Mitchell, Jonathan (23 January 2015). "Tidser transfer hits red tape". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  41. ^ "Tidser stays sharp in Morton Under-20s". Greenock Telegraph. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  42. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (14 March 2016). "Injured Morton star's season could be over". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  43. ^ "Michael Tidser". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  44. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (3 May 2013). "Moore: Players should put uncertainty behind them". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 

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