James Scott

A product of the Motherwell Academy, James Scott was the first player born in the 2000s to make his first team debut for the club, this of course came against Ross County in Dingwall where he came on as a substitute in the dying embers of the game in a 0-0 draw, he was 17 years of age.

He was perhaps somewhat unfortunate, team mate Nadir Çiftçi would have to sit out of the 2018 Scottish Cup Final as it was against his parent club Celtic, it seemed the youngster might get the nod to appear on the bench at the very least due to a shortage of attacking options as George Newell and Craig Tanner both had their season ended by injury but James would suffer his very own injury which put paid to his season weeks before the trip to Hampden.

James had made such an impression at a young age that he featured for the under-20 team and played in the Scottish Challenge Cup where he made appearances against senior sides such as Edinburgh City and Airdrieonians when he was only 15 years old.

Having established himself as a regular in that side and having made a number of appearances for the first team he was rewarded with a new three and a half year deal in February 2019, the same month he would make his first start for the club when he was thrown in to face Celtic at Parkhead. The young forward caused a bit of controversy as he failed to return the ball when a Celtic player was injured and the ball had rolled out of play. When play resumed the ‘Well throw in found James who burst threw on goal and his shot was parried by the keeper but winger Gboly Ariyibi was on hand to slot the ball home, sadly however the side did fall to a defeat in the end.

The second half of the 2018/19 season proved to be somewhat exciting as manager Stephen Robinson adopted a new approach which would see the emergence of other youngsters in the shape of David Turnbull and Jake Hastie, the side would play an exciting brand of football and it was pleasing to see the academy graduates at the forefront. James would start to feature more regularly as well, capable of playing either on the wing or as a centre forward he scored his senior goal in a 4-3 win over Dundee at Fir Park.

In total James would make 42 appearances scoring 7 goals, three of his four league goals came against St Mirren and he enjoyed scoring three goals in the League Cup competitions, two against Greenock Morton and one against Annan Athletic.

Tall, powerful and deceptively fast he wasn’t the finished article but Motherwell received a bid from English Championship side Hull City on the 31st January 2020 which they couldn’t refuse and James Scott quickly moved on to new pastures. 

The Glasgow born forward got some international recognition while on the books with the Steelmen as he was capped by the Under-21 Scotland side when he made his debut against San Marino.

He returned to the Scottish Premiership for the 2021/22 season when he signed on loan with Hibernian, it would be fair to say he never really set the heather on fire with his spell at Easter Road, he did however finish his spell in the capital with a positive note when he netted a hat trick in the final day of the season as the Hibees defeated St Johnstone 4-0

James Scott
6′ 2″
13st 7lbs
Date of Birth:
30th August 2000
Place of Birth:

Football Career:

Motherwell  2017 2020
Hull City 2020
Hibernian (Loan) 2021 2022

Well Career:

Apps Goals
21 (15) 4
Scottish Cup:
1 0
League Cup:
3 (2) 3
0 0
25 (17) 7