Hull City

Scott Targeting Tigers Debut

19 June 2020
James Scott hopes to make his long-awaited Hull City debut in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Charlton Athletic at the KCOM Stadium.

The 19-year-old Scot has been sidelined through injury since joining the Tigers on deadline day at the end of January after suffering ankle ligament damage in his first training session at the Club.

The surgery that followed was expected to keep the former Motherwell man out of action until the start of the 2020/21 campaign, although he has now been given an unexpected opportunity to play a part in the end of season run-in following the suspension of football due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Now fit and raring to go after returning to training with his team-mates three weeks ago, Scott has his sights set on a first competitive appearance in black and amber against Lee Bowyer’s Addicks.

“I hope so – that would be brilliant,” he said. “Hopefully I can grab any opportunity to impress with both hands.

“I’ve had to wait too long for my debut because of the injury. It’s probably been a wee bit longer than four months since I first signed now and it has been a difficult time.

“But, all will be forgotten if we come away with the three points on Saturday. If I could combine making my debut with helping the team to get what would be an important win – then that would be a great start to my playing days here.

“Charlton are going to come out fighting. It’s probably going to be our hardest game of the nine we have remaining. They’ll be up for it and certainly won’t want to get beat, but we’ve got to show that we want it more than they do.”

Discussing his current fitness levels, Scott continued: “I’m feeling good. Obviously I’m not up to the levels I was at when I was playing for Motherwell prior to coming here but that’s natural because I haven’t played any football for a while.

“Maybe I’m a wee bit rusty but I’ve felt better with every session we’ve done since we returned to training and I can feel myself getting fitter and fitter.

“To be back put on the pitch and playing football again will be a dream come true. We’ve had a few friendlies in recent weeks and I was even getting excited over those – so to be so close to getting back to competitive action is even better. For the season to be back up and running – and to be able to play my part – is amazing.”

With games behind closed doors, Scott and his team-mates won’t be able to gain any advantage from the support they would usually receive from the home crowd at the KCOM Stadium. But the Scottish Under-21 international is comfortable with the situation and believes he’ll be able to treat the forthcoming matches in the same way he ordinarily would any other game.

“Obviously it’s not going to be the same without the fans,” he added. “It’s going to be tough but it’s something that we’ve got to deal with – and quickly.

“The fans always have a role to play in football and can be a huge help. It’s going to be hard without them but we just have to forget about it and work as a team to get the job done on the pitch and giving them something to cheer about at home.

“Again, we just have to be focused on what we have to do ourselves as a group and that is exactly what we are – focused.”

Please remember, all remaining 2019/20 fixtures will be taking place behind closed doors but you can still watch the action live on Tigers TV. For full details, click here.