Paul McStay

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Paul McStay
Personal information
Full name Paul Michael Lyons McStay
Date of birth (1964-10-22) 22 October 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1997 Celtic 515 (56)
National team
1978–1980 Scotland U16 16 (5)
1980–1982 Scotland U18 14 (5)
1983–1984 Scotland U20 7 (3)
1982–1984 Scotland U21 5 (1)
1983–1997 Scotland 76 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paul Michael Lyons McStay, MBE, nicknamed the Maestro, (born 22 October 1964) is a Scottish former footballer who spent his entire career with Celtic, making his senior debut in 1982 and retiring in 1997. He captained both Scotland and Celtic at all age levels. He was capped 76 times for his country and scored nine goals. He helped Celtic win three league titles, the last one in 1988.

Club career[edit]

As a youth, McStay first came to prominence in June 1980 in a schoolboy international match when Scotland played England at Wembley. Then 15, he was the captain. He scored two goals in the match and was awarded the Man of the Match award after Scotland ran out 5–4 winners.[1][2]

McStay signed for Celtic aged sixteen from Celtic Boys Club in 1981. He made his first team debut on 23 January 1982 in a 4–0 win over Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup. A week later on 30 January, he made his first league appearance in 3–1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie. He scored the third goal, taking a pass from George McCluskey, running through the Aberdeen defence and striking a left foot shot past Jim Leighton in goal.[1]

Season 1982-83 saw the young midfielder establish himself as a first team regular,[1] and he picked up his first winners medal on 4 November 1982 in Celtic's 2–1 win over Rangers in the League Cup Final. His performances resulted in media speculation that Inter Milan were considering making a £2 million bid to take him to Italy, a rumour that was emphatically dismissed by the Celtic chairman, Desmond White.[3]

McStay continued to progress at Celtic,[1] and he scored Celtic's equaliser in the 1984 Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen to take the match into extra time. However, Celtic played most of the match with 10 men after Roy Aitken had been sent off in the first half, and Aberdeen scored in extra time to win 2–1.

In December 1987, during Celtic's centenary season, McStay signed a five-year contract at Celtic. He went on to enjoy his finest season,[2] winning both the SPFA and Scottish Football Writers player of the year awards as the club won a League and Cup double in 1988.[1]

When Roy Aitken left Celtic Park in 1990, McStay was appointed club captain, a position he retained until his retirement following the 1996–97 season. In his time with the club, Celtic won the League title three times, the Scottish Cup four times and the League Cup once. Although the second half of McStay's career coincided with a time when Celtic performed poorly and struggled financially, in 2002 he was voted a member of Celtic's greatest ever team by the club's fans. He is also a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame, which honours the best players to play in Scotland and is located in the Scottish Football Museum.[4]

International career[edit]

In 1982 he captained Scotland to victory in the UEFA European Under-18 Championship. This is the only major trophy won by any Scottish national football team. He captained each of the Scotland teams from under-16 level through under-18, under-20, under-21 and senior level.McStay made his full national team debut in 1983. He represented Scotland 76 times, including appearances at two World Cups in 1986 and 1990, during a 14-year international career.

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, he moved to live in Sydney, Australia with his wife Anne Marie and their six children.[5] McStay now runs Maestro Sports, a startup software company specialising in sport coaching and management.[5][6]

McStay's great-uncles, Jimmy and Willie McStay, were former Celtic captains, and his brothers Willie and Raymond also played for Celtic. His nephew, John, played with Celtic Boys Club before moving onto Motherwell under 19s and later played for Ayr United as a defender.[7]

One of his sons, Chris, has played football for Sutherland Sharks and is currently with Clyde.[8] His cousin John McStay played for Raith Rovers during the 1990s.[9]

He attempted to crowdfund his autobiography in 2016 but abandoned it after not making enough money.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

    Club     Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Celtic 1981–82 Scottish Premier
Division
10 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
1982–83 36 6 4 0 9 1 4 0 53 7
1983–84 34 3 5 2 8 2 6 0 53 7
1984–85 32 4 7 3 2 0 5 1 46 8
1985–86 34 8 2 0 2 1 2 0 40 9
1986–87 43 3 4 0 5 1 4 0 56 4
1987–88 44 5 6 0 2 0 2 0 54 5
1988–89 33 5 5 0 3 0 4 0 45 5
1989–90 35 3 6 1 4 1 2 0 47 5
1990–91 30 2 5 0 5 1 0 0 40 3
1991–92 32 7 4 0 0 0 2 0 38 7
1992–93 43 4 3 0 3 0 4 1 53 5
1993–94 35 2 1 0 4 0 4 0 44 2
1994–95 29 1 4 0 5 0 0 0 38 1
1995–96 30 2 4 0 1 0 3 0 38 2
1996–97 15 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 21 1
Total 515 57 66 6 54 7 43 2 678 72
Career total 515 57 66 6 54 7 43 2 678 72

International appearances[edit]

Scotland national team[11]
Year Apps Goals
1983 4 0
1984 5 2
1985 4 0
1986 5 1
1987 8 2
1988 7 1
1989 8 0
1990 9 0
1991 3 1
1992 10 2
1993 5 0
1994 3 0
1995 1 0
1996 1 0
1997 3 0
Total 76 9

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 October 1984 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Iceland 1–0 3–0 WCQG7
2 2–0 3–0
3 28 January 1986 National Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4 1 April 1987 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 1–1 1–4 ECQG7
5 14 October 1987 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Belgium 2–0 2–0 ECQG7
6 14 September 1988 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 1–0 2–1 WCQG5
7 13 November 1991 Hampden Park, Glasgow  San Marino 1–0 4–0 ECQG2
8 25 March 1992 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Finland 1–0 1–1 Friendly
9 18 June 1992 Idrottsparken, Norrköping  CIS 1–0 3–0 ECGB

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Bhoy in the Picture - Paul McStay". The Celtic Underground. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Gallagher, Hugh (18 March 2015). "Celtic's one club men, No.4 – Paul McStay". CQN Magazine. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  3. ^ Young, Chick (18 January 1984). "Paul must stay". Evening Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Scottish Football Hall of Fame – 2010 Inductees". Archived from the original on 30 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b Macpherson, Graeme (5 September 2014). "It's all about the greats". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. ^ "About Us | Maestro - Maestro". Maestrosports.com.au. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  7. ^ David W Potter, "And they gave us James McGrory and Paul McStay" Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 21 June 2007.
  8. ^ "New Signing: Chris McStay". Clyde FC. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ Pattullo, Alan (7 November 2015). "From infamy to Hall of Fame, Jock McStay finds peace". The Scotsman. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ It didn’t even make it to kick-off: Paul McStay ditches book after fans snub plea to raise £50k
  11. ^ National Football Teams profile

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roy Aitken
Celtic captain
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Tom Boyd