Date of birth: 27/07/1997 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Scotland
Youth career: Harris Academy, Dundee FC
Senior career: Dundee FC
Squad number: 33
Current national team: Scotland U-17
Position: centre forward
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: Fernando Torres
– ability to lose his markers
– off the ball
– penalty kick taking
Style of play:
– number “9”
– one-on-one situation specialist
– striker is at his best when he can get a good diagonal through ball
– selfish in the final third
– calm and level headed
– plays with a natural flair and is dangerous in the box
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre forward in 4-4-2.
Semi-final at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with Scotland.
Scottish Championship 2013/2014: 13 matches/2 goals (Dundee FC)
Scottish Premiership 2014/2015 (ongoing): 2 matches/1 goal (Dundee FC)
While attending Harris Academy, Wighton was snapped by Dundee, the team he supported as a boy. In the 2012–13 season, Manager John Brown said that if Wighton continued his form at youth level he could soon make the first team, which could mean becoming the club’s youngest-ever first-team player, surpassing Andy Penman who held the record. However,his first team debut for the club was delayed due to SPL rules.Despite interest from elsewhere, Wighton signed his first professional contract on his 16th birthday. After signing a professional contract, he left school to concentrate on his football career. In the 2013–14 season, Wighton made his debut for the club, coming on as a substitute for Craig Beattie in the 81st minute, as Dundee beat Cowdenbeath 2–0 on 5 October 2013. In his second appearance, he set up two goals as Dundee beat Dumbarton 4–1 on 12 October 2013. He then made his first start for the club, as Dundee beat Queen of the South 2–1 on 19 October 2013. On 16 August 2014, Wighton scored his first Premiership goal as Dundee drew 1–1 with Partick Thistle and soon after he signed a new three-year contract with “The Dees”. Wighton represented the Scotland Under-15 side once and also played for the Under-16’s. Few months ago he was chosen to be part of the Scotland Under-17 squad for the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. It was a very good tournament for Craig – he played very well, scored 1 goal and Scotland made it through to the semi-final, however they were eliminated from the competition as they lost 5–0 to the Netherlands.
“I am really excited about him. I think he has the makings to reach the top, I really do. He needs to work hard but he has a good attitude and temperament.”
(Paul Hartley – Dundee FC manager)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.