Regarding football, what about young Ryan McCann who played professional with Glasgow Celtic for 6 years he played along side Henrik Larsson in front of crowd of 60,000 in his debut for the club, he was born and bred in Blantyre and thats an achievement for a young local lad.
Submitted by Drew McColl Email
Ryan McCann (born 21 September 1981) is a retired Scottish professional footballer who played in either midfield or at right back.
His goal from 84 yards for Queen of the South en route to the 2008 Scottish Cup Final merited an application to the Guinness Book of Records as the longest distance goal scored by an outfield player.
Celtic, St Johnstone and Hartlepool
McCann began his career with Celtic and made his full debut against Dundee Utd in the SPL. He then had a 6-month loan spell at St. Johnstone, before heading to Hartlepool for over a year, where he only made five appearances before breaking his ankle. McCann then headed back to St Johnstone in September 2004, where he amassed a total of 41 league appearances before missing the remaining 5 months of the 2005/06 season due to injury.
Clyde and Bohemians
McCann was listed as a trialist in Clyde’s third Scottish First Division match of the 2006–07 season, against Dundee, and was signed on a permanent contract a week later. In July 2007, McCann turned down a new contract at Clyde in favour of signing with Irish side Bohemians and scored his first goal for Bohs in a 1–1 draw with Drogheda United in August 2007. In November 2007, McCann finished his short spell at Bohemians a finalist in the FAI League cup and qualification for Europe.
Queen of the South and Morecambe
He signed for Dumfries club Queen of the South in December 2007. In March 2008, McCann notably scored from 84 yards for Queens meriting an application to the Guinness book of records in a 2–0 victory against Dundee. This secured Queens’ first Scottish Cup quarter final victory since 1950. McCann also played in the 4–3 semi final victory over Aberdeen and in the 3–2 Cup Final defeat to Rangers. In a four-month spell McCann played 20 games for Queens, scoring once and qualifying for the UEFA cup.
On 20 June 2008 the Queens website announced that McCann would be leaving the club. He signed for Football League Two side Morecambe in June 2008. McCann moved back to Dumfries in January 2009.
Airdrie United, Ayr United, Stockport County
He signed for Airdrie United in September 2009 on a one-year deal. He made his debut for Airdrie United against Ayr at Somerset Park.
McCann spent 2010/11 at Ayr United where he was part of a successful promotion campaign from the Scottish Second Division.
On Friday 29 July 2011 he passed a medical and completed a move to Stockport County in English football. In January 2012, McCann was involved in a road accident and due to injury was unable to finish the season. He left Stockport county in February to recover.
Peterhead and Pollok
McCann joined Scottish Third Division Club Peterhead for 2012/13 season. In the January 2015 transfer window, he moved on loan to Junior side Pollok. At the end of the 2014–15 season, McCann was released by The Blue Toon.
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