Stuart Findlay

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Stuart Findlay
Personal information
Full name Stuart John Findlay[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Carmyle, Scotland[citation needed]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Kilmarnock
Number 17
Youth career
2009–2013 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Celtic 0 (0)
2014Greenock Morton (loan) 14 (0)
2015Dumbarton (loan) 15 (0)
2015–2016Kilmarnock (loan) 22 (0)
2016–2018 Newcastle United 0 (0)
2017–2018Kilmarnock (loan) 36 (4)
2018– Kilmarnock 4 (1)
National team
2010–2011 Scotland U16 2 (0)
2011–2012 Scotland U17 10 (2)
2012–2013 Scotland U19 7 (0)
2012–2015 Scotland U21 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:30, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

Stuart John Findlay (born 14 September 1995) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Kilmarnock.

Club career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

Findlay came through the youth system at Celtic, making his first team debut in a friendly against Norwich City.[2] He also captained Celtic at under-17 level,[3] and featured regularly for the Development side, taking part in the UEFA Youth League and the English Premier League International Cup.[4]

Greenock Morton (loan)[edit]

In January 2014, Findlay signed for Greenock Morton on loan until the end of the season.[5] He made his debut on 1 February in a 1–1 draw against league leaders Falkirk, turning in an impressive performance.[6][7] Morton spent most of the season in an unsuccessful struggle against relegation, but Findlay continued to show promise. Morton lost 2–1 away at Raith Rovers on 15 March, but Findlay's pace and positional sense restricted Raith's goalscoring chances, and his overall performance was described as showing "composure beyond his years".[8] His spell at Morton ended on an embarrassing note however, his side losing 10–2 against Hamilton Accies in their last game of the season, with Findlay scoring an own goal.[9]

Dumbarton (loan)[edit]

On 16 January 2015, Findlay joined Scottish Championship club Dumbarton on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[10] He impressed immediately, and was named the club's player of the month for February.[11] He was noted for his composure with the ball, often carrying the ball out of defence with ease.[11] Findlay himself pointed out that "coming through at Celtic it is in their philosophy that they want to play out from the back, they want their defenders to be good on the ball."[11] His form also saw him named in the Scotland under-21 squad for a friendly with Hungary in March.[11] He left the club at the end of his loan deal, having made 15 appearances and twice been the recipient of the player of the month award.[12][13]

Kilmarnock (loan)[edit]

On 9 July 2015, it was confirmed that Findlay was going out on loan to Kilmarnock for the 2015–16 season.[4] On 1 August 2015, Findlay made his Kilmarnock debut in a 4–0 defeat against Dundee, in which he featured for the entire 90 minutes.[14]

Newcastle United[edit]

Findlay joined Football League Championship side Newcastle United on 8 July 2016, following his release from Celtic.[15] He made his debut for Newcastle in an FA Cup tie against Birmingham City on 18 January 2017.[16]

Kilmarnock[edit]

In August 2017 Findlay returned to Kilmarnock on loan from Newcastle.[17] He made 36 appearances for the club during the 2017–18 season, then signed permanently with the Rugby Park outfit in July 2018.[18] On 23 September 2018, he scored a last-minute winner in a league fixture at home to former club Celtic, giving Killie a 2–1 victory.[19]

International career[edit]

Findlay was first called into the Scotland under-21 squad in November 2012 by coach Ricky Sbragia for a friendly against Portugal.[20][21] His 13th and final cap at this age level was in October 2015 against France at Pittodrie Stadium.[22]

Personal life[edit]

He attended Trinity High School, Rutherglen[2] and was in the same year group as fellow Celtic youth team player Dom Thomas, who broke through as a professional with Motherwell and was later a teammate at Kilmarnock.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2013–14[24] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[25] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[26] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greenock Morton (loan) 2013–14[24] Scottish Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Dumbarton (loan) 2014–15[25] Scottish Championship 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Kilmarnock (loan) 2015–16[26] Scottish Premiership 22 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
Newcastle United 2016–17[27] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kilmarnock (loan) 2017–18[28] Scottish Premiership 32 3 4 0 0 0 36 3
Kilmarnock 2018–19[29] Scottish Premiership 4 1 0 0 2 0 6 1
Total 36 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 42 4
Career total 87 4 8 0 4 0 0 0 98 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of temporary transfers of players under written contract between 01/08/2017 and 31/08/2017" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 25. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Stuart Findlay: Celtic youth player and one of original intake in 2009". The Herald. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Who is Stuart Findlay". Celtic News Now. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b Henderson, Mark (9 July 2015). "Stuart Findlay heads on loan to Kilmarnock". Celtic FC. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (21 January 2014). "Riordan to train with Morton as Peciar leaves". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Falkirk 1–1 Morton". Scottish Professional Football League. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Lennon delighted with Findlay's loan move to Morton". Greenock Telegraph. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Spence double earns valuable victory". Raith Rovers. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  9. ^ Crawford, Kenny (3 May 2014). "Hamilton 10–2 Morton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ Findlay, Alan (16 January 2015). "New face at the rock". Dumbarton F.C. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d "Stuart hopes to impress Celts with Sons displays". Dumbarton Reporter. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Dumbarton Football Club - BAXTER RAMSAY PLAYER OF THE MONTH".
  13. ^ "Dumbarton Football Club - BAXTER RAMSAY PLAYER OF THE MONTH".
  14. ^ "Kilmarnock vs. Dundee". Soccerway. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Magpies Sign Young Duo". Newcastle United F.C. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Newcastle 3-1 Birmingham". BBC. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Player Announcement: Stuart Findlay". Kilmarnock FC. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Kilmarnock: Bournemouth's Mikael Ndjoli and Newcastle's Stuart Findlay sign up". BBC Sport. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  19. ^ Jamie Lyall (23 September 2018). "Kilmarnock 2–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Stuart Findlay and Marcus Fraser have been called into the Scotland U21 squad". Sky Sports. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  21. ^ "Scotland U21 profile". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Scotland 1-2 France". Scottish FA. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Trinity High School awards". Daily Record / Rutherglen Reformer. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Findlay in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Findlay in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Findlay in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Games played by Stuart Findlay in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Stuart Findlay in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Stuart Findlay in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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