|Full name||Stephen David McManus|
|Date of birth||10 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Lanark, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Celtic U18 (Manager)|
|2010||→ Middlesbrough (loan)||16||(1)|
|2012||→ Bristol City (loan)||6||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Bristol City (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
McManus, who played as a centre back, was a product of Celtic's youth academy and had risen through the ranks to become first team captain ahead of the 2007–08 season. He held this position until his move to Middlesbrough in 2010.
McManus also captained the Scotland national team. Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry described him as "the last of an ancient breed", in the sense that his 'no-nonsense' defending style is rare in modern football.
McManus retired from playing in 2017 and became a coach.
McManus came through the ranks at Celtic and signed a professional contract on the same day as fellow defender John Kennedy.[when?] He made his debut for the first team, under Martin O'Neill, in the 2003–04 season against Hibernian, and finished that season with five league appearances as Celtic won the title. He later established himself as first choice central defender at Celtic during Gordon Strachan's managerial reign.
In the 2005–06 season, McManus scored eight goals (seven of which came in the League). He was made captain for the first league game of the 2006–07 season, in the match against Kilmarnock due to regular club captain Neil Lennon being suspended. Since that game he repeatedly deputised as Celtic captain throughout the 2006–07 season. After Lennon left Celtic to join Nottingham Forest, McManus was announced as Celtic's new captain on 31 July 2007 and signed a four-year contract. He said:
To be given the captaincy of Celtic is a tremendous honour. It is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career so far. I'm proud to follow in the footsteps of so many great Celtic captains from the past and I hope that I will be able to achieve as much success as they have over the years.
On 3 October 2007, McManus scored to put Celtic a goal ahead against Milan at Celtic Park in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. The match ended 2–1 in Celtic's favour with Kaká equalising for Milan before Scott McDonald scored a late winner for Celtic.
McManus lifted his first trophy as Celtic skipper on 22 May 2008, when Celtic won the 2007–08 SPL Championship following a 1–0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice Park on the last day of the season. Before the beginning of the 2008–09 SPL Championship it was announced that McManus would wear the No.4 shirt, after its previous owner Adam Virgo left the club in July 2008.
McManus was loaned by Celtic to Middlesbrough for the second half of the 2009–10 season. This meant that McManus linked up again with Gordon Strachan, who signed four other Celtic players during the January 2010 transfer window. McManus received the man of the match award in his Middlesbrough debut against Ipswich Town. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Plymouth Argyle on 5 April 2010.
On 13 July 2010, McManus completed a £1.5 million move to the Teesside club signing a 3-year contract. McManus scored his second goal for Middlesbrough against Leicester City on 2 April 2011, his goal coming in the 94th minute to level the game at 3–3. At the end of the 2012–13 season, McManus was not offered a new contract and left the club.
McManus signed for Bristol City on loan until the end of the season on 14 February 2012 and made his debut at home in the 2–2 draw against Crystal Palace the same day. He was recalled on 28 March, due to injury worries to Matthew Bates and Seb Hines following the match against Bristol City (McManus did not play against Boro). He then returned to Bristol City for a second loan spell the following season. His first and only goal for the club came in a 4–2 win over Peterborough United on 29 December 2012.
On 15 July 2013, McManus signed a one-year deal with Scottish Premiership side Motherwell. He made his competitive debut for Motherwell in a home Europa League match against Russian side Kuban Krasnodar. Motherwell lost the match 2–0. His first goal for the club came in a 1–0 win over Hibernian on 3 November 2013. McManus made 42 appearances for Motherwell during the 2013–14 season, after which he signed a new two-year contract with the club.
On 14 August 2017, it was announced that McManus had decided to retire from playing football.
McManus earned his first cap at international level for Scotland on 11 October 2006, coming on as a substitute in the 2–0 defeat to Ukraine at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. McManus scored his first goal for Scotland in a 3–1 win against Lithuania on 8 September 2007, turning a Shaun Maloney cross into the net to put Scotland 2–1 up. He captained Scotland for the first time on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Croatia at Hampden Park, in the absence of regular captain Barry Ferguson. The game finished 1–1.
On 10 September 2008, McManus was sent off for a deliberate handball in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iceland at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík. He used his right hand to tip the crossed ball over the crossbar to stop approaching Icelandic striker Heiðar Helguson from scoring a goal, while Scotland were leading 2–0. The penalty kick was converted to make the score 2–1, which was the final score. On 7 September 2010 McManus scored a dramatic 97th minute winning header for Scotland in their 2–1 victory over Liechtenstein. His 26th and final cap came in October 2010, in a 3–2 defeat to Spain.
McManus was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He attended Holy Cross RC Secondary School in Hamilton, the school which international and former club teammate Paul Hartley also attended. McManus and Paul Hartley used to have a competition at training to see who could name the most teachers and the loser picked up all the balls.
- As of 25 July 2017
|Celtic||2003–04||Scottish Premier League||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Bristol City (loan)||2011–12||Championship||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Bristol City (loan)||2012–13||Championship||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||1|
|Scotland national team|
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
|1.||8 September 2007||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Lithuania||2–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|2.||7 September 2010||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Liechtenstein||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
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- 2004 at Soccerbase
- 2006 at Soccerbase
- 2007 at Soccerbase
- 2008 at Soccerbase
- 2009 at Soccerbase
- 2010 at Soccerbase
- 2011 at Soccerbase
- 2012 at Soccerbase
- 2013 at Soccerbase
- 2014 at Soccerbase
- 2015 at Soccerbase
- 2016 at Soccerbase
- 2017 at Soccerbase
- Stephen McManus National Football Teams
- Stephen McManus at Soccerbase