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Paul Michael Lyons McStay MBE, nicknamed the Maestro, (born 22 October 1964, in Hamiltonmarker) is a former football player who spent his entire career with Scottishmarker team Celtic F.C., making his debut in 1982 and retiring in 1997.

He was noted for being an intelligent and inspiring player and 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 and remains a popular figure amongst Celtic's fans. The song Willie Maley, which celebrates McStay (amongst other former players) became particularly popular in recent years.

Club career

McStay signed for Celtic aged seventeen from Celtic Boys Club in 1981. He scored on his league debut against Aberdeen in a match Celtic won 3-1 on 30 January 1982.

He first came came to prominence in 1980, in a Schoolboy International match where Scotland played England at Wembleymarker. Paul, then 15 was the captain and shone during the match like a player twice his age. He scored a great goal in the match and was awarded the Man of the Match award after Scotland ran out 5-4 winners in an enthralling game which is still talked about today.

When Roy Aitken left Celtic Parkmarker 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 Famemarker.

McStay's family has a great footballing tradition. His 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.

International career

McStay made his full national team debut in 1983 and represented Scotland 76 times, including appearances at two World Cups in 1986 and 1990, during a 14-year international career.

In mid-1982 he captained Scotland to victory in the UEFA European Under-18 Championship. This is the only major trophy to date, won by the Scottish Football Association.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 October 1984 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 3-0 WCQG7
2 17 October 1984 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 2-0 3-0 WCQG7
3 28 January 1986 National Stadiummarker, Ramat Ganmarker 1-0 1-0 Friendly
4 1 April 1987 Parc Astridmarker, Brusselsmarker 1-1 1-4 ECQG7
5 14 October 1987 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 2-0 2-0 ECQG7
6 14 September 1988 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 1-0 2-1 WCQG5
7 13 November 1991 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 4-0 ECQG2
8 25 March 1992 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 1-1 Friendly
9 18 June 1992 Idrottsparkenmarker, Norrköpingmarker 1-0 3-0 ECGB


Honours

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References

  1. David W Potter, And they gave us James McGrory and Paul McStay, keep-the-faith.net, Retrieved 21 June, 2007.


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