Gary Mackay-Steven - Player Profile


Full Name:Gary Mackay-Steven
Born:August 31st, 1990 (Thurso)
Height:5' 6
Position:Winger
Signed:July 13th, 2011
First Manager:Peter Houston
Left Club:February 2nd, 2015
Career Stats: 131 appearances, 27 goals
Debut (as sub): July 21st, 2011 - Dundee United 3 - 2 Śląsk Wrocław (Europa League - 2nd Qual. Round 2nd Leg)
Full Debut: November 5th, 2011 - Rangers 3 - 1 Dundee United (League - SPL)
First Goal: August 27th, 2011 - St Johnstone 3 - 3 Dundee United (League - SPL)
Also Played For:Airdrie United / Airdrieonians (new), Celtic

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2014-15  Premiership 17 (8) 5 0.20 1 0 60.0% 16.0% 24.0%
 2013-14  Premiership 33 (8) 10 0.24 5 0 46.3% 22.0% 31.7%
 2012-13  SPL 24 (5) 7 0.24 3 0 34.5% 31.0% 34.5%
 2011-12  SPL 27 (9) 5 0.14 4 0 50.0% 25.0% 25.0%
101 (30) 27 0.21

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Jan 31st, 2015 League Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1
 Jan 21st, 2015 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 1
 Jan 12th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 3 - 2
 Jan 4th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2
 Jan 1st, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 6 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Jan 12th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 3 - 2
 Jan 4th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2
 Jan 1st, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 6 - 2
 Aug 10th, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0
 Apr 12th, 2014 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Rangers 3 - 1

Gary came through the Ross County youth system before moving to Liverpool's academy in 2007. Injury hindered his progress and he took a leave of absence from football for a period before signing a professional contract with Airdrie United in 2010, making the move to Tannadice the following summer.

Regaining fitness, Gary had a fairly quiet start to his United career, before he burst on to the scene early in 2011-12 much to the amazement of opposition teams and the media, as he was wowed crowds with his ball skills. The winger became something of a sensation, with his tricks becoming a feature of his play, displaying tricks with names such as "The Gaz Getaway" and the "GMS Juggle".

Gary became a regular under Peter Houston and by January 2012, he had signed a contract extension tying him to Dundee United until the summer of 2015. His form earned him the SPL Young Player of the Month award in February that year and he was also recognised at Under-21 level for Scotland.

A troublesome injury affected his start to season 2012-13, before returning to full fitness shortly after, earning a call-up to the Scotland senior squad in 2013 and his first cap on November 15th. He continued to feature under new manager Jackie McNamara throughout 2013-14 season, contributing ten goals during the campaign and in May, he collected a runners-up medal in the Scottish Cup Final against St Johnstone.

In what would prove to be his last season with United, Gary started the 2014-15 season with a goal at Aberdeen before finding himself dropping in and out of the side, battling fitness. He hit a rich run of form at the turn of the year before agreeing a pre-contract with Celtic on January 16, 2015, and eventually moved to them a few weeks later in a joint deal with team mate Stuart Armstrong.

 Goals Scored
Aug 27th, 2011 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 3 (80')
Oct 29th, 2011 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 4 - 1 (82')
Jan 7th, 2012 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrie Utd 6 - 2 (71')
Mar 24th, 2012 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (73')
Apr 28th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 2 (65')
Nov 4th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 2 (89')
Nov 11th, 2012 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 2 (53')
Nov 16th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 3 (48')
Jan 26th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Ross County 1 - 1 (52')
Mar 3rd, 2013 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1 (35')
Apr 14th, 2013 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Celtic 3 - 4 (24')
May 11th, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Inverness CT 2 - 1 (90')
Aug 24th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 4 - 0 (40')
Sep 15th, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Ross County 4 - 2 (18') p
Nov 23rd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 4 - 1 (77')
Nov 23rd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 4 - 1 (2')
Nov 29th, 2013 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 5 - 2 (84')
Dec 7th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 4 - 1 (85')
Dec 21st, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Ross County 1 - 0 (69')
Feb 15th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 2 (10')
Mar 9th, 2014 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Inverness CT 5 - 0 (49')
Apr 12th, 2014 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Rangers 3 - 1 (36')
Aug 10th, 2014 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (5')
Jan 1st, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 6 - 2 (42')
Jan 1st, 2015 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 6 - 2 (27')
Jan 4th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2 (10')
Jan 12th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 3 - 2 (46')

 Hat-Tricks

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 1
International Goals: 0

International Debut:
November 15th, 2013 vs. United States

Having made 3 appearances for the Scotland U21 side Mackay-Steven made the step up to the full international side by being called up for World Cup qualifying games against Wales and Serbia in March 2013. He was an unused sub in the Wales game and was injured for the Serbia game. He was an unused sub in games against Croatia and England before finally winning his 1st cap coming on as a substitute against the USA in a friendly at Hampden in November 2013 replacing ex-United teammate Craig Conway for the last 6 mins.