- SignedMay 15, 2009
- Date of Birth7th March 1988
- Place of BirthEdinburgh, Scotland
Murray Davidson came through the highly acclaimed youth system at Livingston and made his debut for the West Lothian club in March 2008 against Dundee at Dens Park.
Unfortunately, his debut was marred as he received a red card and worse was to follow when the same fate befell him in his second match eleven days later at Cappielow against Morton.
Murray put the disappointment of that unusual start to his first-team career behind him to settle into the Livingston midfield in the four games which remained of the 2007/2008 season.
It was the 2008/2009 season that he really flourished and he played 33 games during a troubled season for the Almondvale club. Within those matches were 5 games against St. Johnstone where he caught the eye of then Saints manager Derek McInnes. The dust had barely settled on that campaign when McInnes moved to bring Murray to Perth – together with Livingston teammate Dave Mackay – on a three-year-deal.
Davidson quickly showed that he could handle it in the top flight and although troubled by a niggling groin injury he featured in 33 of the 38 league games in his debut season. His abilities brought about two call-ups to the Scotland U21s but unfortunately injury forced him to drop out on both occasions.
He started the 2010/11 season on a positive note when he made his U21 international debut at the third attempt against Sweden in Paisley and he followed that up with call-ups to the full Scotland squad for games against the Faroe Islands in November 2010 and Brazil in March 2011 but didn't make an appearance on either occasion.
A solid campaign for Saints in 2011/2012 brought plenty of admirers and he headed into the 2012/2013 season determined to further enhance his growing reputation, doing so when he made his long awaited Scotland debut in November 2012 as a late substitute in a 2-1 win in Luxembourg.
It looked likely that Murray would leave the club in the summer of 2013 but when nothing came of several enquiries from south of the border, he was as good as his word and returned to Saints for the 2013/14 campaign.
Murray has been extremely unlucky with serious injuries over both the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons which significantly affected his appearances. His injury misfortune continued whilst making his 200th Saints appearance against Alashkert in Armenia during a Europa League match in 2015/16 when he was forced to leave the pitch early due to injury.
He was back to his best in midfield during the 2015/16 season though and he picked up several player of the year awards at the end of that campaign. He was also rewarded with a further year extension running through to the summer of 2018, when he penned a new two-year-deal at the club.
Murray picked up an injury against Dundee early in the 2018/19 campaign but when fit has been ever present in the Saints starting line-up playing an instrumental role in the club's unbeaten run which has seen the side soar up the Scottish Premiership table