Date of Birth: April 17th 1986
Birth Place: Broxburn, Scotland
Previous Clubs: Musselburgh Athletic, Hearts Youth, Hearts, Queen of the South (loan x2), Falkirk.
Killie Contract: May 2020 (2 1/2 year contract extention as of Jan 2018).
International: 10 Appearances for Scotland U21. Called up for the Full International Squad on Nov 8th 2018 (& the then was dropped by Steve Clarke for Hearts A, fixture on Nov 10th 2018).
June 22nd 2015: "I am delighted to have signed for Kilmarnock and to be playing in the Ladbrokes Premiership again. I'm really looking forward to working with Gary and helping the club progress next season."
August 1st 2015: "I enjoyed working under the gaffer last time at Hearts and I'm looking forward to doing that again. The situations he has been put in before, he has had his hands tied. This is his first season where he has been able to bring his own players in and do his own things from the start of a season. It's half the battle if you have a manager you want to play for. It's the case for a lot of the boys here, he has put a lot of faith in us, and we want to have a good season for him, especially. When I spoke to him he had a desire to bring me here and it's good to be wanted. Last year at Falkirk was great, it's a great club and I thoroughly enjoyed my year there. It was a good league to play in with Hearts, Hibs and Rangers in there, but I didn't want to stay down there for too long because sometimes you can get lost down there. It was a good opportunity to come back and play in the Premiership, and I'm really looking forward to playing in it this season. In football, the best thing for you is competition, you drive each other on to do as best as you can. Whoever gets the nod, fair play to them, and it will be up to the one that's not playing to try to dislodge them. For the one who is in goals, you have to make sure your performances are top notch. We just have to wait for today to see what happens. Hopefully I have done enough to earn that right."
September 13th 2015: [Post victory at Tannadice] “It has been very tough for him (Gary Locke). In training everybody enjoys it. Everybody likes working with the gaffer. Everything seems okay in training but on Saturdays it has not really been working. So to get those first three points, especially for the gaffer, was great. You could see here that everybody’s working their balls off for the gaffer. Hopefully this win can start pushing us up the table. [McHattie's Goal] It was great technique – a half volley into the bottom corner. Kevin played a big part in the win. [Save v Dow) As soon as the United lad squared it to him I just took a gamble. If I wait for him to hit it, it’s a goal. He’s too close. As soon as their boy cut it back I just threw myself. Thankfully, I managed to get my hands on it.”
October 24th 2015: [Post victory at Dens] "I think a top-six place was our aim at the start of the season and it is still the aim now. We need to aim as high as possible and we are more than capable of a top-six place this season. There has not been a massive difference in training, we are doing the same things now in training as we were then. New players, though, are gelling and there's confidence as well. I think the poor run at the end of last season was still hanging around the club. Their was immense pressure on the gaffer, There were a lot of people calling for his head. But if we keep winning then we can keep moving forward." - BBC, Brian McLaughlin, 24th October 2016
February 24th 2016: “For me, there is not enough emphasis placed onto the mental side of the game, There is almost a stigma surrounding it in this country. People don’t want to talk about it, as it’s seen as a bit geeky. I see it is a problem with the Scottish game in many aspects. I’d imagine if you go abroad, you’ll see it gets done more. Me? I think the mental side and psychology is a massive part of football and there is not enough of it. Whether it be inspirational words or pictures which make you think positively, or whatever it is. The older I have got, the more I have become open to these things. When you are younger, you just think one way. I’ll come in, train, then I’ll play. But I’m starting to think that you need to work on the mental aspect. It’s a job like anything else and you have your own issues at home likely everyone else. The manager is talking about these things such as putting images on the walls and stuff and it can work. It’s about getting on board with his thoughts and ideas and, if we can start using that type of thing and it helps, then it’s a good thing, isn’t it?” Our game gets put-down a lot and yet it’s nowhere as bad as some people say," said the Kilmarnock man. "We put ourselves down, yet look at the way they talk about the English Premier League. They market themselves as the best league in the world. Arguably in terms of excitement levels and teams beating other teams and producing unexpected results, it maybe is. But in terms of quality, it’s nowhere near. The English teams can’t live with the Spanish teams. Look at Manchester United last week, they lost to a Danish side in Europe. Yet that won’t stop England from saying it’s the best league in the world because they are positive and talk themselves up. The British mentality in general is quite negative, from a social aspect never mind football. But if we were more positive and big-upped the game, No disrespect to Gary Locke, but sometimes things happen and you need a change. I won’t say a bad word about Lockey. He was absolutely massive for my career and he was hugely popular among the boys. It just didn’t seem to work out and that can happen. There has been a lift and our last four results have been very encouraging." - The Herald, Neil Cameron, 23rd February 2016
Oct 3rd 2017 (after the Staggies Loss & Jig's Firing): “We’ve let the manager, the fans and everybody at the club down. We’re eight games in now, realistically we’re in a relegation battle and it’s only ourselves who are going to get us out of it. In terms of quality, you can see there’s not much difference between the teams — so it really is as brutally honest as working harder than your opponent. Ross County worked their socks off. Look at Curran up front, he had a RIDICULOUS workrate. He was everywhere. It was the same when we played Motherwell and their two, Moult and Bowman, didn’t give us a minute’s peace. Can you argue we put the same effort in? Actually, maybe effort is the wrong word, because I’d never label our boys as not trying hard enough. But it’s about more than just running about. In this league there isn’t much between the teams, apart from Celtic who are miles ahead of everybody. So it’s generally who works the hardest who gets results and I don’t think we put enough into the game to deserve one. The gaffer accused us of going through the motions and I’d agree with that. We’re trying to build from the back, but there’s such a lack of confidence. I’m gutted for the gaffer. He’s given us everything. We’ve been training at Largs for the past month at SportScotland, which is a great facility. We get everything done for us. He’s tried to change things for the better, to make us more professional. The frustrating thing is you see the ability we’ve got in training, but on matchday it’s just not transferring on to the pitch. Home form should be your bread and butter, but you’d be lucky if we’ve won double figures of games in two seasons, which isn’t good enough. It’s not a few folk that have to take a look at themselves, it’s everybody — myself included. We all need to go home, look in the mirror, come back in on Monday and try and move forward, together, as a team. The international break we get now might give us time for reflection. A few days away from it all might just get everyone back on an even keel.”
Jan 24th 2018 on his Extended Deal: "There's a feel good factor about the place and it's something I want to be part of. I want to play as many games as I can and hopefully help the team to more wins and get up the table. We're through to the next round of the cup and it would be nice to get an extended run in the cup this year. That has to be everyone's aim for the rest of the season."
Mar 3rd 2018 on the Dons (Cup) Post-Match: “It is a great penalty — no goalkeeper is saving that because it is right in the top corner. He (Kris Boyd) thrives on these occasions, he has been doing it for years and hopefully he can get a few more in the replay. It gives us confidence having a guy like him up there. It isn’t all about Boydy, big Lee Erwin came on and done well and Eamonn Brophy is up there and he puts in a shift. But it’s great to have one of Scottish football’s top scorers ever up there, even if he is getting on a bit. It was a sloppy goal we lost. I went for it but Stevie May has made a run across the front post and I thought he might get a touch, and it maybe delayed my reaction. The way the weather has been it is unfair to moan about the pitch. We were disappointed to go 1-0 down but the gaffer told us to make sure we were in the hat at the end of the day and we have done that. This is another game in our busy schedule but we are looking forward to trying to reach the semis.”