Paul McStay

Celtic hero Paul McStay was born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire on 22 October 1964 (age 55).

McStay signed for Celtic aged sixteen from Celtic Boys Club in 1981. He made his first team debut for Celtic 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 strking a left foot shot past Jim Leighton in goal.

Season 1982-83 saw the young midfielder establish himself as a first team regular, 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.

McStay continued to progress at Celtic, 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, winning both the SPFA and Scottish Football Writers player of the year awards as the club clinched a League and Cup double in 1988.

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 4 times and the League Cup once. Although the second half of McStay’s career coincided with a time when Celtic were in turmoil and were overshadowed by rivals Rangers, 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.

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 now plays for Ayr United as a defender.

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Don't Let it Be Forgot · Dec 21, 2019

Oh my days

Watching young players come through the ranks and prosper at Celtic has been a pleasing aspect of following the hoops over the years.

VideoCelts · Dec 17, 2019

Amazing! Iconic Larsson and Burns images added to the ultimate Celtic sleeve

Earlier this year images of Billy McNeill, Paul McStay, Danny McGrain and Jimmy McGrory were etched onto a sleeve with Larsson and Burns adding to the memories...

VideoCelts · Nov 18, 2019

Video: Maley and McNeill added to the greatest ever Celtic tattoo sleeve

Mark from Paisley, now in Queensland has just added iconic images of Willie Maley and Billy McNeill to his left arm- just above Jimmy McGrory, Paul McStay and Danny McGrain...

The Celtic Star · Oct 22, 2019

The Maestro, Paul McStay – ‘His contribution to Celtic is unquantifiable’

The Bhoys at 90 Minute Cynics summed it up perfectly this morning when they said this about Paul McStay, “His contribution to Celtic is unquantifiable.” It’s Paul’s Birthday and I know that he is a regular reader of The Celtic Star, so Happy Birthday Paul from each and every one of our readers...

Daily Record · Oct 7, 2019

What makes James Tavernier a good Rangers captain as a skipper’s role is thrust under the microscope

The full-back has his doubters but John Hughes can see what he brings to the table having played alongside Celtic great Paul McStay...

67HailHail · Aug 13, 2019

The remarkable statistic that confirms Celtic attacker as a club legend

A recent statistic should confirm that Celtic winger James Forrest is a club legend.

Celtic Quick News · Aug 6, 2019

‘There Are Not Many Clubs Like Celtic in the World,’ Forrest

JAMES FORREST is eager to sign an extension to his contract to remain at the champions for life.

Janefield Street · Jul 1, 2019

One of our own: In defence of Kieran Tierney

Celtic fans celebrate the good and the great that don the Celtic jersey, but when they are homegrown there is a special place reserved for these Celtic players in the hearts of the Celtic support – be it Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone, Tommy Burns, Paul McStay.

67HailHail · Jun 20, 2019

“Snakes and ladders?” – some Celtic fans react as despised figure makes shock return

Celtic fans haven’t been too happy to find out that former manager Brendan Rodgers has been included in a new club product.

67HailHail · Jun 19, 2019

Celtic fans won’t be happy as vilified figure makes shock appearance

Celtic fans may not be too enthused when they find out that former manager Brendan Rodgers has been included in a new club product.

Celtic Quick News · Jun 6, 2019

Billy Mcneill Remembered: Paul Mcstay

IT’S Day Six of CQN’s two-week tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

67HailHail · May 30, 2019

Celtic legend doing work for the club in Australia

Celtic legend Paul McStay has opened up on some of the work he does for the club in Australia.

HITC · May 25, 2019

Confirmed: Celtic lineup in cup final; Club hero dismisses Rangers man’s claim

Neil Lennon’s Celtic will face Heart of Midlothian this afternoon, as Hoops legend Paul McStay dismisses Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers chairman Dave King’s previous claim...

67HailHail · May 25, 2019

Cub icon believes current Celtic side are more than capable of creating history

Celtic icon Paul McStay believes that the current Hoops side is capable of winning a fourth successive domestic treble next season.

Football Scotland · May 25, 2019

Celtic legend Paul McStay hits back at Rangers chairman Dave King over title jibe

The Ibrox supremo claimed the Hoops achievements matter less because Rangers were out of the top flight for four seasons...

The Celtic Star · May 25, 2019

Celtic v Hearts on the 25th May, Media talk to The Maestro about the Rangers

PAUL McSTAY moved to Australia to start a new life with his family in Sydney and apart from the sunshine one of the benefits he enjoys is being as far away from the ‘Colin Nish’ that’s written in the Scottish press when it comes to having a wee dig at Celtic and somehow managing to...

Daily Record · May 24, 2019

Paul McStay rubbishes Rangers chief Dave King’s Celtic claim and says Hoops deserve all the glory

King infamously said four of Celtic’s run to eight in a row didn’t count as Rangers were not in the top flight...

Into Football · May 21, 2019

A Celtic State of Mind’s Cult XI – Centre-Midfield

Often said to be the beating heart of the team, the centre-midfield position has produced some incredible Celtic greats over the years from the Maestro Paul McStay to our current captain, Scott Brown...

Celtic Fans TV · May 19, 2019

Champions Celtic & Paul McStay with the Scottish Premiership Trophy

Scott Brown leads the team up the Celtic Way to meet Paul McStay with the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Trophy!

Phil Mac Giolla Bhain · May 19, 2019

Celebration and commemoration

It is trophy day at Celtic Park today. It is fitting that Paul McStay, a genuine one club guy, will bring the trophy into Paradise.

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