Farewell Leitchy

Last updated : 19 April 2006 By Firparkcorner

The steely presence and experience he brought to our midfield was something of great value but there is little doubting that injuries were beginning to catch up with him. Even before the nasty incident at the start of the season the jokes were going round about bionic Leitch, stuck together with sellotape (or perhaps that was just in my circle!). Nothing lasts for ever and a battle weary 36 year old being the beating heart of our midfield would have been a worry next season.

That said, Scott has given us some tremendous performances. It is hard to recall too many spectacular games but that was never his job. He would break up the play, win tackles, talk to others and let the ball players do their thing. For a midfielder, his record of one goal in 140 games is quite embarrassing but there was something amusing about his inability to hit the net. As it happens, he has scored more goals against us (for Dunfermline and Hearts) than for!

One of his best games was undoubtedly against Hearts in the CIS Cup semi final in 2005. For 120 minutes he ran about with the fitness and commitment of a 19 year old and at the end he still managed a sixty-yard sprint to dive in front of the ecstatic ‘Well fans as a hard earned celebration. No one would have deserved a cup winners' medal more than him that year but sadly it wasn't to be.

As time caught up with him, Scott began to move into coaching and there was speculation about him moving up the management chain at Fir Park. Ultimately though, a move is probably best for all. He gets to cut his teeth at a lower level and get some mistakes out of the way. Potentially he could return to Motherwell as manager at some point and it is almost certain he will be welcomed back as a hero. Perhaps then he'll be able to get his hands on some of the silverware which sadly eluded him throughout his playing career – and no doubt we'd all be happy with that too!

Good luck, Scott, and hopefully we'll see you back at Fir Park before long.