Blair Spittal

Blair Spittal (born 19 December 1995) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ross County. He began his career at Queen's Park before joining Dundee United in 2014. He signed for Partick Thistle in 2017.

Blair Spittal
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Personal information
Date of birth (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Erskine, Scotland[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 20
Youth career
2008–2010 Rangers
2010–2012 Queen's Park
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Queen's Park 52 (9)
2014–2017 Dundee United 82 (9)
2017–2019 Partick Thistle 69 (11)
2019– Ross County 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:26, 8 March 2020 (UTC)

Early life and careerEdit

Spittal began playing for Erskine Boys Club and from there moved to Rangers. He spent two years there before joining Queen's Park's under-17 side.[2] He attended Park Mains High School in Erskine.

Club careerEdit

Queen's ParkEdit

Aged 16, Spittal made his Queen's Park debut away to Montrose on 17 November 2012.[3] He went on to make a total of 18 appearances that season,[4] scoring his only goal in a 5–3 win away to Elgin.[5]

The following season, he established himself as a first team regular, making 41 appearances and scoring 12 goals in the process.[4] This form saw him pursued by both of Dundee's Scottish Premiership clubs. Having agreed terms with both sides, he opted to join former Queen's Park teammates Aidan Connolly and Andrew Robertson at Dundee United, over city rivals Dundee.[6]

Dundee UnitedEdit

Having spent the first two games of the season as an unused substitute, Spittal made his debut from the bench in the club's third game of the season away to Celtic on 16 August 2014.[7] Spittal played in the United squad that was relegated from the Premiership in 2016. He was part of the side that won the 2016–17 Scottish Challenge Cup as he played in the earlier third and fourth rounds plus the quarter-final, He was injured for the semi-finals and final however.

Partick ThistleEdit

Spittal joined Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle on a two-year contract on 15 June 2017.[8] He scored three goals in his first three games for the club, scoring twice against St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup, including a free kick.[9] He then scored in a 2-1 away win against Airdrieonians in the same competition.[10] Spittal marked his league debut for Thistle with 3 assists against Aberdeen in a 4-3 defeat. In his second league appearance for the club, he scored his first league goal away to Ross County in a 1–1 draw. Spittal continued his form the next week with a goal direct from a free kick and another assist as ten-man Thistle drew 2–2 with Rangers at Firhill, taking his tally to 7 appearances, 5 goals and 4 assists in all competitions.[11] He then carried his form into the next League game opening the scoring in a 1–1 draw with Hearts. He scored his fourth league goal of the campaign with another freekick, scoring the opener in a 3-2 home win against Motherwell.[12] On 26 February 2019, in the absence of Stuart Bannigan, Spittal took on the captain’s responsibilities as Partick Thistle travelled to Dunfermline, They lost the game 3–0. Spittal again lead the team out in a home game against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final which ended 1-1 meaning there would be a replay in the capital. Spittal finished the season with 8 goals in all competitions and was awarded the club's Player of the Year award. Spittal informed the club that he would be leaving on the 31 May 2019. In all competitions, he made 89 appearances for the Jags, scoring 15 goals and registering 13 assists.

Ross CountyEdit

On 4 June 2019, Spittal signed for Ross County, agreeing a two-year contract. [13] He made his debut in the league cup at home to Montrose providing an assist. Three days later he scored his first goal for the club during a 4-0 away win against Brechin City. Only five days later he provided another assist during a 2-1 away win against group favourites St Johnstone. Ross County would finish top of their league cup group with twelve out of twelve points and advance to round two. Spittal would start his first league game on the bench but was subbed on after only 11 minutes to help his side defeat Hamilton 3-0.

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 8 March 2020 [4]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queen's Park 2012–13[14] Scottish Third Division 16 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 18 1
2013–14[15] Scottish League Two 36 8 3 4 1 0 1[b] 0 41 12
Total 52 9 3 4 1 0 3 0 59 13
Dundee United 2014–15[16] Scottish Premiership 25 2 2 0 3 0 30 2
2015–16[17] Scottish Premiership 33 5 4 1 2 1 39 7
2016–17[18] Scottish Championship 24 2 1 0 6 0 8[c] 3 39 5
Total 82 9 7 1 11 1 8 3 108 14
Partick Thistle 2017–18[19] Scottish Premiership 33 4 2 0 5 3 2[d] 0 42 7
2018–19[20] Scottish Championship 36 7 4 1 5 0 2[b] 0 45 8
Total 69 11 6 1 10 3 4 0 87 15
Ross County 2019–20[21] Scottish Premiership 20 2 1 0 5 2 26 4
Career total 223 31 17 6 27 6 15 3 280 46
  1. ^ Appearances in the Second Division play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  3. ^ Three appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup, Five appearances and three goals in the Premiership play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in the Scottish Premiership play-offs

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Dundee United

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blair Spittal player profile". Dundee United F.C. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ Stewart, Craig (16 August 2013). "Spittal the latest to shine at Hampden". SPFL. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Blair Spittal". The Queen's Park Football Club. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "B. SPITTAL". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Elgin City 3–5 Queen's Park". BBC Sport. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Dundee United sign Blair Spittal from Queen's Park". BBC Sport. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  7. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (16 August 2014). "Celtic 6 1 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  8. ^ Barrie, Douglas (15 June 2017). "Blair Spittal signs two-year deal with Partick Thistle". STV News.
  9. ^ Campbell, Andy (22 July 2017). "Partick Thistle 5–0 St Mirren". BBC Sport.
  10. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40723082
  11. ^ Lewis, Jane (15 September 2017). "Partick Thistle 2–2 Rangers". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ "Partick Thistle 3–2 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 13 December 2017.
  13. ^ Smith, Tyrone (4 June 2019). "Ross County: Blair Spittal out to 'rebuild reputation' after Partick Thistle exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Games played by Blair Spittal in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Falkirk and Rangers dominate team of the year voting". BBC Sport. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.