|Full name||Ryan Gauld|
|Date of birth||16 December 1995|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|2003–2006||Brechin City BC|
|2014–||Sporting CP B||25||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ryan Gauld (born 16 December 1995) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Primeira Liga club Sporting Lisbon and the Scotland national under-21 football team. He previously played for Dundee United, where he started his professional career.
Gauld joined Dundee United's youth setup in 2006 from local youth side Brechin City Boys Club. He made his Scottish Premier League debut as an 87th-minute substitute for Johnny Russell in the final match of the 2011–12 season, a 2–0 win away to Motherwell on 13 May.
United manager Peter Houston praised Gauld after a goalless draw against Ross County in September 2012. On 24 January 2013, Gauld signed an extended contract keeping him at the club until January 2016 and on 1 April he made his first start against St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and marked the occasion with his first senior goal to open a game which ended 1–1.
On 4 November 2013, Gauld's contract was further extended, to run until May 2016. Five days later, he scored twice in a 4–0 win against Motherwell at Fir Park. On 15 December 2013, it was reported that Manchester United manager David Moyes wanted to personally "scout" Gauld, and take the opportunity to run the rule over the potential of other young Dundee United players such as defenders John Souttar and Andrew Robertson. However, the following day (which was also his 18th birthday) Gauld's contract was further extended, to run until May 2017.
On 12 April 2014, Gauld played in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Ibrox. United beat Rangers 3-1, with Gauld playing a big part in the first two goals, as the club progressed to the Scottish Cup Final. Five days later, he was shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. In the Cup Final on 17 May, he replaced Gary Mackay-Steven for the final 26 minutes as Dundee United lost 2–0 to St. Johnstone at Celtic Park. Gauld's season ended with 8 goals in 38 games across all competitions, of which 6 were scored in his 31 league matches.
Sporting Clube de Portugal
On 2 July 2014, Sporting Clube de Portugal announced the signing of Gauld from Dundee United, for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be in the region of £3 million. He signed a six-year contract with a €60 million buy-out clause. Despite being put into the club's reserve team, he was named in the 25-man squad to play in the UEFA Champions League after impressing manager Marco Silva during training sessions.
He made his debut for Sporting B on 10 August 2014, replacing Palhinha at half time in a 1–0 defeat away to Farense. Seventeen days later, in his fourth match for the club, he scored for the first time, netting the second in a 3–0 home victory over Desportivo Aves.
After making seventeen appearances and scoring twice for the B side, albeit with a red card in his last game against Vitória de Guimarães B, Gauld made his debut for the first team on 29 December 2014 in a Portuguese League Cup game against that club's first team. He played the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 win for his side. On his second start for the Sporting first team on 14 January 2015, Gauld was named man of the match in a 1-0 win in the same competition, against Boavista. Having been fouled by goalkeeper Daniel Monllor, he won the penalty converted by Junya Tanaka for the only goal. Four days later, he made his Primeira Liga debut, replacing André Martins for the last 25 minutes of a 4–2 win over Rio Ave at the Estádio José Alvalade.
Gauld has been capped ten times at under–19 level scoring two goals. He made his debut on 9 October 2012 against Armenia, replacing Matthew Kennedy after 66 minutes of an eventual 4–0 win in a European qualifier at New Douglas Park in Hamilton. He scored his first goal on his fourth cap on 3 September 2013, against Iceland at the Forthbank Stadium in Stirling, a 20-yard free kick to equalise in a 1–1 draw.
On 6 November 2013, Gauld was called into the Scotland under–21 squad for the first time, for the match against Georgia later that month. He scored his first goals for the under-21 team on his third cap on 8 September 2014, a brace in a 3–0 win away to Luxembourg at the Stade Municipal de Differdange, at the end of a failed European qualification campaign. On 30 September 2014, Gauld was called up to the senior Scotland national football team for Euro 2016 Group D qualifying matches against Georgia and Poland, but did not play.
- As of 27 March 2015
|Dundee United||2011–12||Scottish Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Sporting CP B||2014–15||Segunda Liga||25||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||25||3|
|Sporting CP||2014–15||Primeira Liga||2||0||—||—||3||2||0||0||5||2|
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- The Scotsman
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- "Ryan Gauld scores first Sporting Lisbon goals as Scottish youngster bags brace in Portuguese League Cup". Daily Mail. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
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- "Scotland 4-0 Armenia". Scottish FA. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
- "Scotland U19s draw with Iceland in Stirling". Scottish FA. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
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- "Gauld doubles up as Scotland Under-21s end campaign with win". The Herald. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
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- Official Dundee United website profile
- Ryan Gauld career statistics at Soccerway
- Ryan Gauld career statistics at Soccerbase
- Generation Next profile at Just Football