Gary Mackay-Steven

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Gary Mackay-Steven
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Thurso, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Dundee United
Number 11
Youth career
2007 Ross County
2007–2009 Liverpool
2009–2011 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Airdrie United 19 (0)
2011– Dundee United 89 (16)
National team
2012 Scotland U21 3 (1)
2013– Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:05, 27 June 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2013

Gary Mackay-Steven (born 31 August 1990)[1][2] is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Scottish Premiership club Dundee United.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Mackay-Steven began his career with Ross County before moving to English Premier League side Liverpool in 2007.[3] After spending two years at Anfield in the reserve and youth sides, Mackay-Steven was released after an injury plagued season. He trained with Fulham before eventually returning to Scotland.

Airdrie United[edit]

In January 2011, Mackay-Steven joined Scottish Second Division side Airdrie United. Playing in the remaining months of the 2010–11 season for Airdrie United, Mackay-Steven managed a total of 21 appearances scoring twice, both goals coming in the Scottish Cup.[4]

Dundee United[edit]

There is great potential there. Gary is a welcome addition to our squad.

Peter Houston, BBC Sport, 13 July 2011

In July 2011, Mackay-Steven signed a two-year deal with Scottish Premier League club Dundee United.[5] He made his début as a late substitute in a UEFA Europa League match against Śląsk Wrocław and made his league début three days later, again as a substitute.

In late August, Mackay-Steven scored his first goal for the club (and his first career league goal), netting in the 3–3 draw at St Johnstone.[6] By the end of the 2011/12 season, Mackay-Steven had established a regular starting place in the first team and become a huge fans favourite thanks to his large role in helping turn around United's poor start to the season. Mackay-Steven signed an extended contract with Dundee United in January 2012.[7]

Blackburn scouts were reported to have been watching Mackay Steven on 24 August 2013, in Dundee United's 4–0 victory over St. Johnstone, a game in which he scored.[8] On 12 April 2014, he scored Dundee United's second goal in a 3–1 win against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi–final at Ibrox.[9]


Mackay-Steven made his international debut coming on as a substitute in a friendly against the USA at Hampden Park on 15 November 2013.


  1. ^ "Mackay-Steven fair thrilled to joined SPL side Dundee United". BBC Sport. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official Twitter feed". 15 June 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool sign up Ross County kid". BBC Sport (BBC). 16 March 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Airdrie bring in former Liverpool youth". Scottish Football League. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Winger Gary MacKay-Steven joins Dundee United". BBC Sport. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "St Johnstone 3 Dundee United 3: Perth men count cost of late madness". The Courier. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dundee United's Gary Mackay-Steven extends contract until 2015". BBC Sport (BBC). 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dundee United star Gary Mackay-Steven aims to show Scotland boss Gordon Strachan what he's missing". Daily Record. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Richard (12 April 2014). "Rangers 1-3 Dundee United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

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