Scott Taylor-MacKenzie departs

The club can this evening confirm that midfielder Scott Taylor-MacKenzie has departed the club, as he joins East of Scotland Premier League side Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale for an undisclosed fee.

Scott, who was sponsored by supporters Craig Forsyth, Jack Mathieson, Allan Rodger, Mark McLeman, Martin Landels and James Inkpen, agreed to join the club back in March 2021 when he signed a two-year pre-contract agreement at Shielfield Park.

A strong start made him a popular figure with fans, and Scott departs with five goals in fourteen appearances in the black and gold of the ‘Gers. In more recent times however, the midfielder has struggled for game time following suspension and subsequent injury. With opportunities to get match-fit further limited by the blistering form of the club since the turn of the year, Scott now feels a fresh start would be the best, providing him with more regular playing time closer to both his family and home.

Manager Stuart Malcolm said: “Due to a change in his personal circumstances it is best that Scott gets the chance to play and train closer to home. Scott is clearly a talented player and he leaves with our best wishes. We assessed the situation closely and although we know what he can offer on the park, we felt it best to accommodate a move for him.

“We’ve been in outstanding form recently, winning seven of our last eight in the past couple of months, and game time has been difficult for Scott to come by as a result. For many players at this level football is more than a job, it’s an important part of their routine. We as a club and a management team don’t want to be an obstruction to that.

“Our attention is turning to preparation for the 2022/23 campaign, and Scott was tied down here until next summer. We want to go into next season with a squad that is pulling in the same direction. In joining Lothian, Scott has a decent chance to get himself fit again closer to home, play regularly with friends and help drive a team on. We wish him well.”

The club echoes Stuart’s sentiments and would like to wish Scott and his family the best in their future.