With both Graham Carey and Tony Watt swapping the south-west of the UK and Scotland for Sofia, it seems that players previously playing in Scotland can’t help but want to move somewhere a little bit different. Step forward Kallum Higginbotham, who’s traded Dunfermline for India.
‘Higgy’ has signed for Real Kashmir FC, managed by former Rangers and Aberdeen left back David Robertson.
Founded in 2016, the ‘Snow Leopards’ finished third in the 2018-19 I-League as a newly promoted team and just six points off eventual champions Chennai City.
First, Higginbotham became a Bairn
Falkirk were Higginbotham’s first club in Scotland. Both seasons Higgy was there, the Bairns finished third in the then First Division. In his second season however, Falkirk were knocked out the League Cup at the semi-final stage.
In what proved to be his last Bairns appearance, he was awarded man of the match against Celtic, the eventual runners-up to Kilmarnock. This lead to supposed interest from both the Old Firm before he signed for Huddersfield.
Scotland again with the Steelmen
After failing to play regularly at the Terriers, Higgy enjoyed loan spells at both Barnsley and Carlisle respectively, before returning to Scotland to sign for Motherwell.
Signed in January 2013 til the end of the season, he scored once for the Well in a 4-1 victory over Hibs at Fir Park with an impressive scissor-kick.
Partick, Killie, Pars
It’s at both Partick Thistle and Dunfermline where Higgy played most frequently, with a brief season at Kilmarnock in between. After keeping both the Jags and Killie in the top tier, he dropped down to Dunfermline to join Allan Johnston’s newly-promoted side.
Whether it’s money that’s brought him to Asia or a chance to try a different culture we don’t know. But fair play to the Englishman for giving Indian football a chance.