Ryan McStay
Ryan McStay
Ryan McStay
● Ryan McStay (SPFL)

born in Scotland

Ryan Michael McStay was born on Wednesday, 4th December, 1985, in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.

The 6' 1 (12st 5lbs) midfielder signed for Ian McCall's Thistle on Friday, 1st June, 2007, having most recently been with Falkirk.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 11th July, 2007, in a 2-0 friendly defeat away to Montrose.

There were no goals for Ryan during his time with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 29th November, 2008, in a 3-2 win away to Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 43 occasions.

Ryan's club-list included Falkirk, Queen of the South, Partick Thistle, Dumbarton, Albion Rovers, Ayr United, Irvine Meadow XI, Portadown, Annan Athletic, Shettleston Juniors, Pollok, BSC Glasgow and St Roch's.

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At Falkirk, McStay scored the goal that got the club promoted to the SPL in 2004–2005. Despite this, McStay turned down a new deal at Falkirk in the summer of 2007, as he was in search of first-team football elsewhere. McStay signed for Partick Thistle on 1 June 2007, one of three signings by new manager Ian McCall. On 31 January 2009, McStay left the Maryhill club by mutual consent. On that same day, he played and signed for Dumbarton, staying at the club for the remainder of the season and playing a part in winning the Third Division title. On 18 July 2011, McStay signed a one year contract with his local club, Albion Rovers, who were newly promoted to the Second Division. McStay left the Coatbridge side after the 2011-12 season, and then signed for Ayr United on a 12-month deal. In July 2013, McStay then departed for NIFL Premiership club Portadown before the start of September 2013.

On 3 July 2014, McStay signed for Annan Athletic. This was the second time that Jim Chapman, the Black and Golds' manager, had McStay as a player, having played at the Sons when Chapman was in charge there. McStay was then announced as one of the joint player-managers at Shettleston in March 2016, alongside his Galabankies team-mate Peter Weatherson, with their tenure set to commence at the start of the 2016–17 season in the Scottish Juniors, West Region. McStay departed Shettleston by mutual consent, alongside joint player-manager Weatherson on 9 January 2017, after a 1-1 draw at home to Irvine Meadow on 7 January 2017. On 15 February 2017, McStay signed for Pollok. He joined BSC Glasgow in the summer of 2017, where he played for two seasons before joining St Roch's, his final port-of-call as a player, in the close season of 2019. Became player/assistant manager in March 2021, but surprisingly tendered his resignation just a few months later.


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