Scott Morrison (footballer)

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Scott Morrison
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Personal information
Full name Scott Alexander Morrison
Date of birth (1984-05-23) 23 May 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Aberdeen 40 (1)
2005–2008 Dunfermline Athletic 32 (1)
2008–2012 Ross County 130 (6)
2013 Phoenix FC 25 (3)
2014–2016 Arizona United 54 (4)
Total 281 (15)
National team
2004–2005 Scotland U21[1] 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Scott Alexander Morrison (born 23 May 1984) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who played for Aberdeen, Dunfermline Athletic, Ross County, Phoenix FC and Arizona United SC. Morrison also represented Scotland at the under-21 international level.

Career[edit]

Aberdeen[edit]

Morrison was a pupil of Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, leaving in 2001. He began his career at boyhood heroes Aberdeen in 2003, where he immediately impressed on the field, especially with his lethal ball delivery from set pieces. Just eight days after pledging his future at Aberdeen.[2]

Morrison made his debut, towards the end of the 2002/03 season, making his first start of his career, in a 2-1 win over Partick Thistle on 10 May 2003 and made another appearance of the last day of the season. The next season, Morrison soon made more appearances in the first team, though he would be often used in first team ins and out in his first season. On 28 February 2004, Morrison scored his first goal, which turns out to be a winning goal, as Aberdeen beat Hibernian.[3] The next season, Morrison playing was soon limited under then Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood, though he would be often used in first team ins and out in the season campaign.

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

Despite this, he soon moved to Dunfermline Athletic in 2005 after falling out of favour with then Aberdeen manager Calderwood. He was signed by Jim Leishman in May 2005 on a free transfer,[4] having previously tried to sign him last season.[5]

He made his league debut in the club's opening match of the season, on 31 July 2005, in a 1-1 draw against Hibernian. Having made three appearances this season, Morrison soon suffered cruciate ligament damage, which ruled him out for months.[6] After a successful operation in the USA, it announced that Morrison would be out for the reminder of the season.[7]

Ahead of the 2006-07 season, Morrison was given all clear to resume training from injury[8] After four months absent, Morrison finally made his first appearance, in over a year, making his first start, in a 2-0 loss against Rangers.[9] He was also played in the Scottish Cup final, making a start, in a 1-0 loss against Celtic. He since made twelve appearances this season, but the club was relegated to Scottish First Division. At the end of the season, Morrison signed a one-year contract extension and thank the club of supporting him of his career-threatening injury. He told the Pars website: "I thought I was on my way, so it's good to get it all sorted out. The club has shown a lot of faith in me. I was in and out of the team towards the end of last season, but getting into the Scottish Cup final line-up reassured me that I was in the manager's plans."[10]

The following season, Morrison starts his season off making two appearances in the league before making two UEFA Cup appearances in a second round against Häcken. However, Dunfermline Athletic was eliminated from the UEFA Cup after losing 1-0 in the second leg, having previously drawn 1-1 in the first leg.[11]

Ross County[edit]

Ross County snapped up Morrison on a two-year pre-contract deal at the start of April 2008.[12][13] Upon the move, Morrison says he's expressed happiness of joining the club.[14]

He made his debut for the club, in a 2-0 loss against Livingston and he scored his first goal, the next game, in a 2-2 draw. A few weeks later, on 30 August 2008, Morrison provided assist for Steven Craig from a free kick, in a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle.[15] In the first half of the season, the club progress through the Scottish Challenge Cup to the final. In the final, Ross County lose 3-2 on penalties against Airdrie United, having played the match throughout a 2-2 draw. Morrison went on as a final substitution on 114th minutes and was one of the three Ross County's player to miss the penalty.[16] Soon on 20 December 2008, Morrison scored his second goal, in a 2-1 loss against Greenock Morton[17] At Ross County, Morrison since established himself in the defense, though he played a role in attacking, with his perfection free kick.[citation needed]

The next season, Morrison scored his first goal in the first round of the Scottish League Cup, in a 5-0 win over Montrose and made his revenge against Airdrie United, for losing in the cup final, by providing assist for Garry Wood, which turns out to be a winning goal on the opening game of the season.[18]

During the season, Morrison soon became in the attacking space by providing assist, having made a double assist in two separate league matches. In December 2009, Morrison signed a new two-year contract, that will keep him until 2012[19] In the Scottish Cup, Morrison began scoring two goals in two games with a victory. Ross County would eventually progress their way to the final, especially beating Scottish squad Celtic.[20] After the match, Morrison said the opposition team [Celtic] didn't play seriously against the club.[21] However, Ross County lost 3–0 in the final against Dundee United, where Morrison played in the left-back position.[22] Just 15 days before the final, Morrison scored his first goal from a free kick in a 4–1 loss against Raith Rovers on the final game of the season.[23]

The next season, Morrison scored his first goal of the season, in a 3-1 win over Stirling, following six matches in earlier of the season. A week later, he scored again in semi-final against Partick Thistle, which the match ended 2-2 and led to penalties, in which Ross County won 6-5, leading the club to advanced to the final against Queen of the South.[24] In the final, Morrison came on as a substitute, in a late minute, as Ross County won 2-0 against Queen of the South. During the season, Morrison was often used in first team ins and out. In the final game of the season, Morrison scored his second goal of the season, in a 3-0 win over Cowdenbeath.[25]

In his final season, Morrison started his season when he scored his first goal for the club in the first round of the Scottish Challenge Cup, as Ross County lost 2-1 against Elgin City.[26] During the season, Morrison was often used in first team ins and out, like last season.[citation needed]

At the end of the season, Morrison helped Ross County win the 2011–12 Scottish First Division, but left at the end of the season to further his career in America.[27]

Phoenix and Arizona[edit]

He then signed a contract with Phoenix on 4 February 2013 after training with Chivas USA for the remainder of the 2012 MLS season, linking up with former Aberdeen team mate Darren Mackie and former Aberdeen player, now Head Coach of Phoenix FC, David Robertson for their inaugural season in the USL Professional Division.[28]

Morrison started all but 1 of Phoenix FC's games in their only season and that was due to suspension.

He signed a contract with Phoenix FC's successor club, Arizona United SC on 8 April 2014. He announced his retirement and was hired as an assistant coach on 25 April 2016.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotland U21 Player Scott Morrison Details". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Sheerin wins new Dons deal". BBC Sport. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "SPL Round Up". Sky Sports. 28 February 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Morrison makes Dunfermline switch". BBC News. 27 May 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Calderwood content with pair". Sky Sports. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shields surgery blow for Athletic". BBC Sport. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Morrison out for season after op". BBC Sport. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Morrison fitness boost for Pars". BBC Sport. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rangers 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC Sport. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Morrison clan split at East End". BBC Sport. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dunfermline 1-1 BK Hacken". BBC Sport. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pars put talks on back burner". Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Departing player says Pars can return". Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Scott Morrison thrilled after signing for Ross County". Daily Record. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Partick Thistle 0-1 Ross County". BBC Sport. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Airdrie Utd 2-2 Ross County". BBC Sport. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Morton 2-1 Ross County". Daily Record. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Division One: Ross County 2 Aidrie United 1". Daily Record. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Scott Morrison pens new deal at Ross County". Daily Record. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Celtic 0-2 Ross County". BBC Sport. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Celtic stars didn't take us seriously but we had last laugh, says Ross County star Scott Morrison". Daily Record. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Ross County". BBC Sport. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Raith Rovers 4 Ross County 1". Daily Record. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "ALBA Cup semi final: Ross County 2 Partick Thistle 2 (4-3 after pens)". Daily Record. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ross County 3-0 Cowdenbeath". BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Ross County 1-2 Elgin City". BBC Sport. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ross County boss Derek Adams withdraws contract offer to defender Scott Morrison". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Soccer News: Phoenix FC Sign Five Key Players for Inaugural USL PRO Season". SoccerNation.com. 5 February 2013. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

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