Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
● Liam Lindsay, 2019 (STC)

born in Scotland

Liam Lindsay was born on Thursday, 12th October, 1995, in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

The 6' 3 (12st 7lbs) defender signed for Jackie McNamara's Thistle on Wednesday, 6th June, 2012, having most recently been with Partick Thistle U-17.

Aged 17, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 4th May, 2013, in a 0-0 draw away to Dumbarton in the SFL First Division.

Liam scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 7th November, 2015, in a 1-1 draw away to Dundee in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 8 goals on Saturday, 25th February, 2017, in a 2-0 win at home to Heart of Midlothian in the SPFL Premiership.

He played his last game for the club on Sunday, 21st May, 2017, in a 6-0 defeat at home to Aberdeen in the SPFL Premiership, having appeared as a Jag on 77 occasions.

At February, 2021, Liam's club-list included Partick Thistle, Alloa Athletic, Airdrieonians, Barnsley, Stoke City and Preston North End.

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Nephew of former Thistle player Ricky Gillies, central defender Liam joined Thistle on a two year full-time trainee contract in the summer of 2012. The former Thistle under 17 player had already featured for the Thistle reserves before joining the Club full-time. Liam continued to develop during the 2012/13 season putting in some impressive displays for the Thistle reserve side and was eventually rewarded for those displays when he made his first team debut, helping the side to a clean sheet, on the final day of that season against Dumbarton.

Liam continued his progress by starring in the Thistle under 20 side in 2013/14 putting in several impressive performances which saw him make his second competitive appearance for Thistle, appearing as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw away to Hibernian in December 2013. First team football was key to Liam’s development and in the second half of the 2013/14 season he spent time at Alloa Athletic helping Barry Smith’s Championship side avoid the playoffs to retain their status. Liam returned for the 2014/15 season fresh from signing a new two year contract. He teamed up with another central defensive partner in Jack Hendry as he continued his fledgling career with a string of excellent performances.

In early January 2015, an injury crisis forced Alan Archibald to turn to Liam for a vital SPFL Premiership match against Dundee United. Faced with some of the finest attackers in Scotland, Liam put in a virtuoso performance to help the side earn a valuable point in the form of an excellent 2-2 draw. At the end of the month he was again on loan, this time to League One Airdrieonians, to continue his development. His career at Airdrie got off to a flying start with four wins and a draw from his first five appearances. After a series of strong pre-season showings, Liam went on to establish himself fully in the first team picture in 2015-16. He developed a string of defensive partnerships and continued his footballing education in the heart of the Thistle defence. He developed an attacking threat from set pieces and notched his first Thistle goal in November 2015 when he headed Thistle in front in a League game against Dundee at Dens Park.

Season 2016-17 was extremely memorable for both Liam and the club. He made 42 competitive appearances, bagging 7 goals along the way. At one stage he was challenging Kris Doolan for top scorer! He was right there at the heart of the action on April Dools Day as Thistle came from behind to claim a crucial three points at home to Ross County. His skilful assist in the 64th minute led to the equalizer and enabled Kris Doolan to score his 100th competitive goal for the club. At the end of the season, the player and club were honoured when he was selected in the PFA Scotland team of the year. He was the only non-Celtic or Aberdeen player to be named.

Although Liam was contracted at Firhill until 2019, his form during the season was too good to be ignored by the bigger clubs and an offer from Barnsley was accepted in June 2017, the player signing a 3-year-deal. He made his Barnsley debut on 26 August 2017 in a 3–0 victory against Sunderland. Liam settled into life at Barnsley well and by November 2017 there were calls for him to earn a Scotland call-up. However Barnsley hit poor form around December and they ended up being relegated after losing 4–1 at Derby County in the final match of the 2017–18 season. In 2018–19 under the management of Daniel Stendel, Liam formed a strong partnership with Ethan Pinnock as the Tykes held the best defensive record in the EFL with only 39 goals conceded and kept 21 clean sheets helping them secure second spot and a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Liam joined Stoke City on 25 June 2019 for an initial fee of £2 million, rising to £2.5 million, along with Barnsley teammate Adam Davies. Liam made his debut on 10 August 2019 in a 3–1 defeat against Charlton Athletic. He scored his first goal for Stoke against Birmingham City on 31 August 2019. The team began the season in poor form and were struggling at the bottom of the table which resulted in a change of manager in November 2019. Liam kept his spot in the team until Michael O'Neill brought in James Chester in January and he took Lindsay's place for the remainder of the 2019–20 season. In August 2020 he was linked with a transfer away from the club, to Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town. On 1 February 2021 Liam joined Preston North End on loan for the remainder of the 2020–21 season. He made 13 appearances for Preston scoring twice, and made his move to Preston permanent on 9 June 2021, joining for an undisclosed fee.

(PTFC/WS/WIK)



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