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  Gary Mackay-Steven
Gary Mackay-Steven
Name Gary Mackay-Steven
Squad Number 11
Position Midfielder
Birth Place Thurso
Date of Birth 31 August 1990
Height 5ft 9in
Previous Clubs
Airdrie United
Date Signed 12 July 2011
Debut v Kilmarnock 24/07/2011
Gary’s career began in the youth team at Ross County. He had trials at Liverpool before moving to the Merseyside club in March 2007, still just 17 years old. He never made it to the Liverpool first team, spending his time there in the youth and reserve sides. Gary also suffered injuries which curtailed his progress and after two years at Anfield he was released.

He spent some time with Fulham before he joined Airdrie United in January 2011 on a short term deal and he made over twenty appearances for them. He made a good impression there and was closely monitored by United and after trials with Dundee United he signed a two year contract in July 2011.

After making his debut in the Europa League tie against Slask Wroclaw, Gary had a slow start to the 2011-12 season, only making appearances from the bench for the first few months. He scored his first goal for the club in the 3-3 draw with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, and scored again in the 4-1 win in Dunfermline at the end of October. He gained his first starting place at Ibrox at the beginning of November, and he went from strength to strength, proving a fans favourite with his exciting wing play and creativity, setting up 11 goals in the second half of the season. He scored against his former club in the 6-2 win over Airdrie United in the Scottish Cup, and added further goals against Hibs at Easter Road and Hearts at Tannadice.

Gary’s impact on the first team helped the recovery from a poor start to the season, and helped lift the team up to 4th in the SPL. His recognition went further afield than just Tannadice, with a call up to the Scotland U21 squad in February, winning his first cap against the Netherlands. He was overwhelmingly voted as United’s Young Player of the Year, and narrowly missed out on winning the PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award.

After starting the 2012/13 season in top form against Dynamo Moscow and Hibs at Tannadice, a knee injury caused him to pull out of the Scotland U21 squad and he also missed the first Dundee derby of the season. After coming back in to the side for the defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, the injury required surgery at the end of August, which ruled him out of action for two months.

Back in the first team squad by November, Gary scored three goals in 5 appearances, with goals in the 2-2 draw with Celtic at Tannadice, the 1-2 defeat to Hibs at Easter Road, and an absolute screamer into the top corner in the 3-3 draw with Kilmarnock at Tannadice. However, in his next match against former club Ross County, he fractured two bones in his hand and was ruled out of action again, this time until the New Year. He returned to action with a bang midway through January, showing us the ”GMS juggle” in the 3-2 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, and was rarely out of the side right through to the end of the season.

He added more goals as the season went on, with a fantastic strike against Ross County, the decisive goal in the Scottish Cup win over Dundee, and finished off a great move to score in the Semi Final defeat to Celtic at Hampden. He also scored a late winner against Inverness Caledonian Thistle as United finished the season in the top six of the SPL, and was again nominated for the SPFA Young Player of the Year Award. In March he was called up to the full International squad for Scotland’s World Cup Qualifying double header against Wales and Serbia, and was also in the squad for the match against Croatia in June.

Gary made his full International debut for Scotland when he came off the bench in a friendly against the USA at Hampden Park on 15 November 2013.


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