Gary Mackay-Steven

Gary Sean Mackay-Steven (born 31 August 1990) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Major League Soccer club New York City.

Gary Mackay-Steven
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Mackay-Steven playing for Celtic in 2017
Personal information
Full name Gary Sean Mackay-Steven[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-31) 31 August 1990 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Thurso, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
New York City
Number 17
Youth career
Ross County
2007–2009 Liverpool
2009–2011 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Airdrie United 19 (0)
2011–2015 Dundee United 110 (21)
2015–2017 Celtic 46 (8)
2017–2019 Aberdeen 51 (9)
2019– New York City 13 (1)
National team
2012 Scotland U21 3 (1)
2013– Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

Having not made the first team at English clubs Liverpool and Fulham, he began his professional career with Airdrie United in January 2011, spending half a season there before moving to top-flight team Dundee United. He remained with Dundee United until February 2015, when he was signed by Celtic for £250,000. He joined Aberdeen in 2017, and joined New York City FC when his contract expired in July 2019.

Mackay-Steven has made two full international appearances for Scotland.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Thurso, Caithness, Mackay-Steven began his youth career with Ross County before moving to English Premier League side Liverpool in 2007.[3] After spending two years in the reserve and youth sides, Mackay-Steven was released after an injury-plagued season.[4] He trained with Fulham before eventually returning to Scotland.[4]

Airdrie UnitedEdit

On 11 January 2011, Mackay-Steven joined Scottish Second Division side Airdrie United.[4] He made his debut a week later in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, starting against Greenock Morton at Cappielow Park and scoring the opening goal of a 2–2 draw from 25 yards out.[5] A week later, in the replay at the Excelsior Stadium, Mackay-Steven scored again, albeit in a 2–5 defeat.[6] He played 19 league matches in the remainder of the season, but did not score.

Dundee UnitedEdit

On 13 July 2011, Mackay-Steven signed a two-year deal with Scottish Premier League club Dundee United.[7] He made his début eight days later as an 80th-minute substitute for Johnny Russell in a UEFA Europa League match against Śląsk Wrocław, which his club won 3–2 but were nonetheless eliminated on the away goals rule.[8] On 24 July, he made his league debut for the club on the opening day of the season, coming on for Barry Douglas for the last 30 minutes of a 1–1 draw against Kilmarnock at Tannadice Park.[9] On 29 August, Mackay-Steven scored his first goal for the club (and his first career league goal), netting in the 3–3 draw at St Johnstone.[10] By the end of the 2011–12 season, Mackay-Steven had established a regular starting place in the first team and become a huge fans' favourite thanks to his large role in helping turn around United's poor start to the season. Mackay-Steven signed an extended contract with the club in January 2012.[11]

Blackburn Rovers scouts were reported to have been watching Mackay-Steven on 24 August 2013, in Dundee United's 4–0 victory over St Johnstone, a game in which he scored.[12] On 12 April 2014, he scored Dundee United's second goal in a 3–1 win against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi–final at Ibrox.[13] In the final on 17 May, he started in the 0–2 defeat to St Johnstone at Celtic Park, being substituted for Ryan Gauld after 64 minutes.[14]

He scored twice as Dundee United won the Dundee derby 6–2 against Dundee on 1 January 2015.[15]

CelticEdit

 
Mackay-Steven in action in a friendly against Rapid Vienna in July 2017

On 16 January 2015, Mackay-Steven signed a pre-contract agreement to join Celtic at the end of the season on the expiry of his Dundee United contract.[16] In the January transfer window, he had been pursued by Nigel Clough, manager of English League One club Sheffield United, who made three bids up to £100,000 while Dundee United wanted a minimum of £250,000.[16] On the transfer deadline day, 2 February, Celtic made an offer of £250,000 and the move was completed immediately, with his Dundee United teammate Stuart Armstrong joining in a separate deal at the same time.[17] Five days later, the pair watched from the stands as Celtic won 2–0 at Dundee in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.[18]

Mackay-Steven made his debut on 11 February away to Partick Thistle, scoring after 37 seconds in a 3–0 victory.[19] His first goal at Celtic Park came on 1 March as the third in a 4–0 win over Aberdeen, with a shot from 20 yards.[20] On 15 March Celtic won the Scottish League Cup Final against Dundee United, but Mackay-Steven was cup-tied, having already represented Dundee United in the tournament that season.[21]

AberdeenEdit

On 12 July 2017, Mackay-Steven signed a two-year contract with Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee.[22] He made his debut the following day in a UEFA Europa League second qualifying round first leg at home to NK Široki Brijeg, starting in a 1–1 draw. In the second leg in Bosnia a week after, he scored to wrap up a 2–0 win and advancement.[23]

Mackay-Steven scored his first league goal for Aberdeen on 14 October, the only one of a victory at Hibernian.[24] On 16 December, against the same opponents, he scored his first senior hat-trick in a 4–1 win.[25] Mackay-Steven won the Scottish Cup Goal of the Fourth round award for his strike in the 4–1 win against St Mirren.[26]

In the 2018 Scottish League Cup Final against former club Celtic on 2 December 2018, Mackay-Steven was stretchered from the field after being knocked unconscious by a clash of heads with Dedryck Boyata shortly before the end of the first half (Aberdeen lost 1–0).[27] He was released from hospital after a few days[28] and returned to playing towards the end of January 2019.[29]

New York City FCEdit

On 24 June 2019, Mackay-Steven joined Major League Soccer side New York City on a free transfer, effective from the start of the league's transfer window on 9 July.[30] He made his debut on 14 July during the Hudson River Derby away to the New York Red Bulls as an 84th-minute substitute for Valentín Castellanos in a 2–1 loss.[31] He scored his first goal on his 29th birthday on 31 August in a 3–1 win at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, after replacing the injured Héber.[32]

International careerEdit

Mackay-Steven made his first international appearance for Scotland on 15 November 2013, replacing Craig Conway for the last six minutes of a goalless friendly draw against the United States at Hampden Park.[33]

He was recalled to the Scotland squad in October 2018, for a friendly against Portugal.[34] He came on as a substitute in the 67th minute, and assisted Steven Naismith in scoring Scotland's only goal of the game.[35]

Personal lifeEdit

On 27 August 2017, Mackay-Steven was rescued from the River Kelvin in Glasgow after falling in. He was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.[36][37]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 7 March 2020 [38]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Airdrie United 2010–11[39] Scottish Second Division 19 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 21 2
Dundee United 2011–12[40] Scottish Premier League 31 4 3 1 1 0 1[a] 0 36 5
2012–13[41] Scottish Premier League 23 5 3 2 1 0 2[a] 0 29 7
2013–14[42] Scottish Premiership 35 7 5 3 1 0 41 10
2014–15[43] Scottish Premiership 21 5 1 0 3 0 25 5
Total 110 21 12 6 6 0 3 0 131 27
Celtic 2014–15[43] Scottish Premiership 13 4 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 15 4
2015–16[44] Scottish Premiership 25 4 3 1 2 1 7[b] 0 37 6
2016–17[45] Scottish Premiership 8 0 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 10 0
Total 46 8 4 1 2 1 10 0 62 10
Aberdeen 2017–18[46] Scottish Premiership 31 5 5 3 2 0 4[a] 1 42 9
2018–19[47] Scottish Premiership 20 4 4 0 4 2 2[a] 1 30 7
Total 51 9 9 3 6 2 6 2 72 16
New York City 2019[38] Major League Soccer 12 1 0 0 12 1
2020[48] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 239 39 27 12 14 3 19 2 299 56
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Five appearances in the Champions League and two in the Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in the Champions League

HonoursEdit

Celtic

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Liverpool sign up Ross County kid". BBC Sport. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Airdrie bring in former Liverpool youth". Scottish Football League. 11 July 2011. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Morton 2-2 Airdrie". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Airdrie 2-5 Morton". BBC Sport. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Winger Gary MacKay-Steven joins Dundee United". BBC Sport. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Dundee Utd 3-2 Slask Wroclaw". BBC Sport. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Dundee United 1-1 Kilmarnock". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  10. ^ "St Johnstone 3 Dundee United 3: Perth men count cost of late madness". The Courier. 29 August 2011. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
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