|Full name||Paul Slane|
|Date of birth||25 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Right Midfield|
|2012||→ Milton Keynes Dons (loan)||5||(0)|
|2012||→ Partick Thistle (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Paul Slane (born 25 November 1991) is a former Scottish footballer who played as a midfielder. He was primarily a winger, and played for Motherwell, Celtic, Partick Thistle and Milton Keynes Dons. Slane also represented the Scotland national under-17 football team.
Slane played in Motherwell's Europa League matches against Llanelli and Flamurtari in the summer of 2009, scoring the third goal in the 8–1 second round second leg win over Flamurtari. Slane was a trainee at Motherwell, but refused to sign a contract. When he signed a contract with Celtic in February 2010, Slane was criticised by Motherwell chairman John Boyle for showing a lack of loyalty to the club.
On 1 February 2010, Slane signed a four-year contract with Celtic. He made his reserve debut in a 4–1 win over Queen of the South's first team. Slane missed the entire 2010–11 season due to a cruciate ligament injury to his knee.
On 31 January 2012, Slane signed with English League One club Milton Keynes Dons on loan until the end of the season. Slane made his SPL debut for Celtic on Saturday 18 August 2012, as a substitute against Ross County. He was loaned to Scottish First Division club Partick Thistle in October 2012.
After discussions with Celtic manager Neil Lennon, Slane was released from his contract in January 2013. Lennon stated, "...he was doing really well but he got a bad injury in a bounce game and that set him back for a while. He had loans at MK Dons and Partick Thistle but it didn’t quite work out for him. With his talent it should have gone well but it didn’t. It came to January and I told him he could stay on with our development side but he’s better than that level. He had the option to stay or go and he decided to go." Lennon also added that Slane "... still has a bit of growing to do. He has to find his niche in life and the game. I really hope he finds that."
Post Celtic career
A couple of months after leaving Celtic with a £10,000 pay-off, Slane appeared in the Scottish tabloid press as a result of a four-day 'bender' in Amsterdam with friends. Compromising pictures of him appeared on Twitter which he initially claimed were faked but later admitted were real. Slane had initially intended to spend his pay-off from Celtic to fund a hip operation, but ended spending most of it on nights out and the trip to Amsterdam.
Slane has not played for a professional football club since.
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