Goan giants Salgaocar have signed Scottish playmaker Martin Scott after retaining the core of the squad for the season ahead.
Martin, an academy product of Livingston FC, got promoted to the senior team in 2005-06 where he had Paul Lambert as his coach. It also turned out to be the first managerial assignment for Lambert, who would later go on to manage Norwich City and Aston Villa.
In 2006, the player moved to Ross County and had a five-year stint there before joining Hibernian in 2011. He returned to Livingston in 2013, before making a move to Raith Rovers the next summer.
Unlike many of the European players coming to India, Martin has enjoyed ample first team opportunities in the last couple of seasons. He has made a total of 59 appearances in the Scottish Championship in the last two seasons combined.
"I am delighted to join Salgaocar FC - a club which I have heard a lot of about from the coach Malky Thomson and a player I know very well who plays there, Darryl Duffy. I had several offers to play in the UK this season but when the discussion to move across to India came up and that too at Salgaocar FC who have a long history in football in India and in the I-League, I was very keen. I would like to thank the coach and the management at Salgaocar FC for making this possible,” the player remarked after signing on the dotted line.
“I can’t wait to get there and join my team-mates to commence pre-season. I am looking forward to giving my best and challenging for the title,” he added.
With the signing of Martin, Salgaocar’s Scottish contingent now has three members with striker Darryl Duffy and manager Malky Thomson already being part of the rosters.
“We welcome Martin to the Salgaocar family and wish him a successful tenure at the club”, Adlear D’Cruz, the General Secretary of club was quoted saying.
With only two foreigners allowed to play in the Goa Professional League, the Greens will be relying on Duffy and Martin to defend their title. The other two foreigners, including a marquee player will be recruited before the start of the I-League, the club informed today.