Ross Laidlaw

Ross Laidlaw (born 12 July 1992) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ross County. He has previously played for Raith Rovers, Elgin City, Hibernian and Dundee United.

Ross Laidlaw
Personal information
Full name Ross Laidlaw
Date of birth (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992
Place of birth Livingston, Scotland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 1
Youth career
Raith Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Raith Rovers 32 (0)
2014–2015Elgin City (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2019 Hibernian 19 (0)
2019Dundee United (loan) 1 (0)
2019– Ross County 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:39, 9 November 2019 (UTC)

Career

Raith Rovers

Laidlaw began his playing career for the Raith Rovers under-19 side. He progressed to the senior side and appeared on bench on two occasions during the 2010–11 season.[1] He featured in pre-season friendly matches in advance of the 2011–12 season, the final of which was against Southend United in a scoreless draw.[2] Following the departure of Andrew McNeil he became the regular back-up goalkeeper to David McGurn.[3][4]

However he suffered a setback, injuring his knee, with Raith having to sign Ludovic Roy as a temporary replacement.[4] After recovering from injury, Laidlaw made his senior debut on 3 March 2012, keeping a clean sheet in a 5–0 home victory against Greenock Morton.[5]

On 22 January 2015, he joined Elgin City on loan.[6] His last game for Elgin was in April 2015, a 5–4 defeat against Annan Athletic.[7] Laidlaw returned to Raith after this loan spell, but failed to displace Kevin Cuthbert as first-choice goalkeeper.[7] In December 2015 he suffered a torn kidney, which kept him out of action for the rest of the season. Laidlaw left Raith at the end of the 2015–16 season.

Hibernian

On 6 July 2016, Laidlaw signed a one-year contract with Hibernian.[8] He made his first appearance for Hibernian in the second leg of a Europa League qualifier against Brondby.[7] Laidlaw kept a clean sheet as Hibs won 1–0 in the second leg, but were knocked out of the competition after a penalty shootout.[7] Although he mainly served as a backup to Ofir Marciano during the 2016–17 season, Laidlaw made 18 first team appearances.[9]

He signed a two-year contract with Hibs in May 2017.[9] Laidlaw temporarily took over as first choice goalkeeper in September, as Marciano missed one game due to him observing Yom Kippur.[10] He injured a shoulder in November, and this eventually required surgery.[11] Laidlaw returned to first-team training in June 2018.[12] He made his first appearance since injury on 9 August, in a Europa League qualifier against Molde.[13]

Laidlaw moved on loan to Championship club Dundee United in January 2019.[14] In May 2019, Hibs announced that Laidlaw would be released at the end of the season.[15]

Ross County

On 30 May 2019 Laidlaw signed for newly promoted Scottish Premiership team Ross County on a two year contract.[16] On 13 July 2019, he made his debut for Ross County against Montrose in the Scottish League Cup.

Career statistics

As of 9 November 2019[1]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Raith Rovers 2011–12 Scottish First Division 2000000020
2012–13 Scottish First Division 10010001[lower-alpha 1]0120
2013–14 Scottish Championship 130300000160
2014–15 Scottish Championship 7000000070
2015–16 Scottish Championship 0000000000
Total 320400010370
Elgin City (loan) 2014–15 Scottish League Two 140000000140
Hibernian 2016–17[note 1] Scottish Championship 15010101[lower-alpha 2]0180
2017–18 Scottish Premiership 30003060
2018–19[note 2] Scottish Premiership 1000101[lower-alpha 2]030
Total 190105020270
Dundee United (loan) 2018–19 Scottish Championship 1000000010
Ross County 2019–20 Scottish Premiership 1300050180
Career total7905010030970
  1. Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. Appearances in the UEFA Europa League

Honours

Hibernian

Notes

  1. Soccerbase did not record an appearance made by Laidlaw against Brøndby on 21 July 2016.
  2. Soccerbase did not record an appearance made by Laidlaw against Molde on 9 August 2018.

References

  1. "Ross Laidlaw". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  2. "Southend 0 Raith Rovers 0". southendunited.co.uk. Southend United FC. 3 March 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. "Keeper Andy McNeil signs on". www.livingstonfc.co.uk. Livingston F.C. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  4. "Division One: Ross Co v Raith Rovers preview". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  5. "Raith Rovers 5-0 Morton". raithrovers.net. Raith Rovers FC. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  6. "A Great Opportunity for Ross". raithrovers.net. Raith Rovers FC. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. Lamont, Alasdair (24 July 2016). "Ross Laidlaw surprise at Hibs bow against Brondby in Europa League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  8. "ROSS LAIDLAW JOINS HIBERNIAN". hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian FC. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  9. "Five Renew Contracts For Next Season". Hibernian FC. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  10. Davie, Scott (23 September 2017). "Ross County 01 Hibernian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  11. McLauchlin, Brian (22 December 2017). "Hibernian: Ross Laidlaw surgery leaves Neil Lennon looking for keeper". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. Hardie, David (29 June 2018). "Ross Laidlaw: I'm fit and ready to play for Hibs in Europe". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  13. Hardie, David (9 August 2018). "Hibs 0, Molde 0: Goals dry up but tie in the balance". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  14. "Dundee United: Championship club sign Ross Laidlaw on loan from Hibernian". BBC Sport. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  15. "CONFIRMED PLAYER DEPARTURES". Hibernian FC. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  16. "Ross County sign goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw on pre-contract deal". Press and Journal. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  17. McLauchlin, Brian (15 April 2017). "Hibernian 3–0 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
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