Selfless Tait focused on top six

Friday, February 23, 2018
Selfless Tait focused on top six

Richard Tait is second top on the Ladbrokes Premiership assists chart this season.

But when the defender is asked to comment on that achievement so far, his response sums him up.

“I don’t pay attention to that,” he shrugged. “The only thing that bothers me is where Motherwell Football Club sit in the table. That’s it.”

Modest, selfless and with a sheer hunger to succeed, Tait epitomises the hard work and desire encouraged by manager Stephen Robinson.

And while he may have been deployed in a number of different positions this term, the Scot has been ever present for the side.

It is clear to see that there is a huge element of trust in the defender, who is equally adept going forward as he is defensively.

If that isn’t summed up by his two goals and six assists this season, you just need to watch the ground Tait covers on a weekly basis.

Up and down the right or left flank for 90 minutes must take its toll. But the 28-year-old, who works tirelessly on his fitness, thrives when he works hard.

“I have to be able to do that,” he says. “If I couldn’t run as much for 90 minutes then I doubt I’d be able to play for this team.

“We pride ourselves on our hard work. We put in everything for the manager and for each other. If you didn’t have that attitude, you wouldn’t be here very long.”

Don’t let that hard work fool you though. Tait isn’t just a pair of lungs. The defender has trained himself since a young age to ensure he is as two footed as possible.

“My Dad always made sure I’d work on both my right foot and my left foot,” the Galashiels-born lad said. “It’s paid off for me a bit I guess.

I pride myself on being able to defend first and foremost, but also create chances too.

“So the fact that I’m not limited to using one foot plays a huge part in helping me go forward, and I try to use that to the best of my ability.”

In his second season with the club, Tait say he has enjoyed the relative success the club have had so far.

“I obviously still enjoyed myself last season. It was my first season in the Scottish Premiership and it was special for me, but obviously we’ve hit some heights this season that have been more memorable.

“Getting to Hampden twice and the cup run we’re on at the moment have been huge for us both on and off the pitch. You can see what it’s done for the fans and it’s done something similar in the dressing room too, we have a confidence.”

Ahead of some important fixtures coming up, particularly at home, Tait looked ahead to what’s coming up.

“We have some really big games coming up,” the defender said, “Hearts in the cup and then Rangers and Celtic before the split, it’s going to be important to go in to them with a bit of confidence.

“If that can build up some confidence among the supporters too, then that’s huge for us.”

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