Paul Lawson (footballer) : biography
Paul William Lawson (born 15 May 1984 in Aberdeen) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Scottish Premier League club Motherwell.
His brother-in-law is Aberdeen's captain Russell Anderson, whose sister is married to Anderson and is a Aberdeen fan while growing up, along with his family.
Lawson began his career at Celtic where he was captain of the reserves side, and was a regular for the Scotland national under-21 football team. When playing for the national youth team in his preferred position of central midfield, he is often to be found on the substitutes' bench as his team's second resort. On 5 December 2005, Lawson signed a contract with Celtic, until 2008.
Lawson played at right-back for Celtic in pre-season of 2006–07 against teams such as Manchester United and on the first game of the season in the 4–1 defeat of Kilmarnock which put them top of the league.
Lawson spent the first half of the 2006–07 season on loan at Scottish First Division club St. Johnstone, returning to Parkhead in December 2006. After being an unused substitute in Celtic's 2–0 defeat of Kilmarnock on 2 January 2007, Lawson completed a second loan move, this time to St. Mirren.
Lawson was released by Celtic in the summer of 2007, and he then signed for Ross County on 31 August 2007. He made his debut in the second round of Scottish Challenge Cup, in a 2-0 loss against St. Johnstone; two weeks later, on 15 September 2007, he made his league debut in a 2-0 win over Raith Rovers. On 5 January 2008, Lawson then received a red card, but win 1-0 against Raith Rovers. On 23 February 2008, Lawson scored a "stunning strike", with his first goal, in a 3-2 win over Queen's Park. After the match, Lawson says he never experienced shooting from 30 yards. On the final game of the season, Lawson scored again, in a 4-0 win over Berwick Rangers. Lawson scored twice, all of which at the Victoria Park, Dingwall, and made 28 appearances during his first season with the club. During the season, Ross County was promoted to Division One after winning the Second Division
His second was frustrating for Lawson because of his own injury concerns and his contract is about to expire this season. At the end of the season, Lawson would signed a one-year deal with the club.
While in his third season, Lawson would regain his form and also his first team place. He would scored five times against Greenock Morton, Partick Thistle, Dundee (which scored again) and Dunfermline Athletic (also scored again). His five goal this season was his highest goal tally this season in his Ross County's career. In mid-December, Lawson would signed a new two-year deal with the club. During the season, Lawson is in the squad throughout Ross County's campaign in the Scottish Cup and even reaching the final after beating Scottish giant Celtic, whose team Lawson played for, in the semi-final. A year later, Lawson says he felt he wasn't involved in the match against them - despite coming on as a substitute in a late minutes. In the Scottish Cup Final, Ross County would lose 3-0 against Dundee United. Lawson was in the final, having came on as a substitute for Steven Craig.
In his fourth season, Lawson would retain his first team place and would make 27 appearance, scoring once against Partrick on 16 April 2011. Lawson was in the squad when Ross County won 2-0 against Queen of the South. Lawson continued to retain his first team place, the next season, making 37 appearance and scoring twice, this season, against Ayr United and Raith Rovers. During the season, Ross County would be promoted to Scottish Premier League after winning 2011-12 Scottish First Division. At the end of the season, Lawson was offered a new deal to stay for the next season. He would signed a one-year deal with the club.
In his last season, with the club now in SPL, Lawson played his first match in the league, in a 0-0 against his future club, Motherwell on the opening game of the season. Lawson have featured less at the start of the season, having been injured and struggled make it back to the first team. He since earned his first team place back. After a slow start, which the club now in the bottom six. Soon after, the club began making back to back victories to earn a spot in a top-six finish in their first ever season in the 2012-13 SPL, in which, it happened successfully. Lawson scored his first SPL goal, in a 2-0 win over Dundee on 8 February 2013, followed with his second in the Highland derby, which they lost 2-1. After the match, Lawson stated scoring in the derby is worth nothing.
During his time in Dingwall, he appeared in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, won the 2011-12 Scottish First Division and helped the Staggies to a top-six finish in their first ever season in the 2012-13 SPL.
Lawson agreed a deal with Motherwell and will join on 1 June 2013 at the end of his contract with Ross County.
- Second Division
- Scottish Challenge Cup
- 2011-12 Scottish First Division
- First Division player of the month: January 2010
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