If You Know The History: 23rd January 82: Paul McStay makes his debut

23rd January 1982 Paul McStay debut

Paul McStay came to prominence in the Scottish Schoolboys side which beat England 5-4 at Wembley on 7th June 1980. In this photo, he is 3rd from the left in the front row, two along from a coach you might recognise, even if he does need a haircut!

Scottish Schoolboys side 1980

Paul signed for Celtic in 1981 and made his debut against Queen of the South on this day in 1982. Later that year, picked up his first medal in the League Cup final against Rangers. Three years later, in 1985, he collected his first Scottish Cup medal against Dundee Utd, although he came off injured; and a year later, scored the fourth goal at Love Street, when Celtic won the League title on the last day of the season by beating St Mirren at Love Street.

McStay scores at Love Street

Paul was a crucial man in midfield when Celtic completed the double in their centenary year of 1988 and again when Celtic beat Rangers to win the Scottish Cup in 1989. He took over the Celtic captaincy at the start of the 1900s but frankly, it was a poisoned chalice, as Celtic chopped and changed behind the scenes while Rangers spent big to maintain their advantage.

Over 641 appearances – and 72 goals – Paul McStay never gave anything less than 100% for Celtic and fully deserves to be held in high esteem by the fans.

Jim Craig


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