2. Richard Tait

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As important to Motherwell in attack as he is in defence is full-back Richard Tait.

Although born in Galashiels the defender spent the whole of his career in English football before being signed by then ‘Well gaffer Mark McGhee in the summer of 2016.

Spotted playing for Curzon Ashton Tait was signed by Nottingham Forest in early 2008.

A loan spell at Tamworth brought Richard his first taste of top team action, and when released by Forest in 2009, he returned to sign for The Lambs for whom he would go on to make more than 150 league appearances.

In May 2013 Tait moved to Cambridge where he helped the U’s return to League football after winning the Conference Play-Offs and sampled life in England’s League Two for the first time.

In 2015 Richard joined Grimbsy Town where history would repeat itself somewhat with the defender again winning promotion through success in the Play-Off Final.

Watching his progress from afar were Motherwell who upon the conclusion of his contract at Grimsby tempted the full-back to sign a three year deal at Fir Park and move north for his first stint in Scottish football.

His signing has proven to be an astute piece of business with Richard settling in well at right-back and demonstrating a terrific ability to add to the Motherwell attack clocking up a number of assists.

Making his ‘Well debut in the Betfred League Cup clash with Rangers on 16 July ’16 Tait went on to make 31 league and cup appearances in his first season in Lanarkshire, a tally limited only by an injury that ruled him out for the final three months of the season.

Gradually eased back into things as ‘Well commenced the 17’18 campaign, Richard netted his first goal of the campaign in the 4-0 Betfred League Cup win over Morton.  

With Stephen Robinson deploying a successful 3-5-2 formation in the early part of the season, coupled with an injury to Elliott Frear, Richard found himself in a somewhat unfamiliar left wing-back role.  An illustration of just how well he adapated to the positional switch was born out by Frear’s difficulty in regaining his spot when fully fit.

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