Stuart Findlay has left Kilmarnock for the MLS as the former Celtic and Newcastle United defender heads to Philadelphia Union.

The centre-back started his career at Celtic before a move south to Newcastle United following multiple loan spells away from Parkhead. But he has fully made his name at Killie, making 144 appearances at Rugby Park.

The former Celtic and Toon man has been immense for Killie. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s helped him earn a couple of Scotland appearances but now he moves to the MLS for a new lease of life and challenge. Kilmarnock will also pocket a fee for Findlay, having looked set to lose him for nothing at the end of the season upon his contract expiry.

Findlay was a key part of back-to-back club record breaking seasons in 2017/18 and 2018/19 at Kilmarnock and scored on his Scotland debut against San Marino in 2019. He travels to the USA in time for the start of the MLS season in April.

Kilmarnock head of football operations James Fowler said: “We didn’t want to lose Stuart but with his contract expiring in a few months, it is a good deal for the club and presents Stuart with a new and exciting challenge in his career.

Kilmarnock v Livingston - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Coming to America. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We were prepared for the possibility of losing Stuart and were proactive in the January window by bringing Zech Medley in on loan to make sure that we weren’t left short in defence.

“Stuart has enjoyed many good moments here and has been a great ambassador for the club and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

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