A new feature that we have brought to the BAJFC website is ‘An Interview With…’, a light hearted small insight to who the BAJFC players, management, and committee are. Our next interview is with Paul McLellan. Read below what Paul had to say when he sat down with our website admin team over a juice and a bag of Haribo’s…
When you made your senior debut 2013, do you remember who were the opposition were and the score?
If I can remember correctly, it was a 3-0 win with Forfar Athletic against Stenhousemuir. I was 18 years old at the time and came on for the last fifteen minutes which was a good experience for me.
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions before a match?
I always do everything left then right. I don’t know why I do it that way, it’s just the norm. Also, I always need to be last out the of the changing room on matchdays, which our gaffer Gibby always moans at me for!
Who was your toughest opponent be it in the Junior or Senior game and why?
I’ve had a long hard think about this one and I would have to say Wallace(Oliveria Dos Santos)for Chelsea. A lot of people won’t know him but I played against him with Celtic in a tournament in Amsterdam. He played with Fluminense FC from Brazil and ran the show! He then went on to become captain of Brazil at the Under17 World Cup and Chelsea signed him that summer.
What are your plans after you finish playing football, as in would you take up coaching or management or leave football altogether?
I would like to think I have a few years left in me yet surely haha! But at the moment, I’ve no plans after I’ve finished playing, too far away in time. I think I’ll just enjoy going back to watch the famous Glasgow Celtic on a Saturday as I do miss that.
What team do you support and any player that you idolized since you first knew about football?
As you will know from the previous question, I’m a Celtic man at heart and have been since before I was conceived I think! My hero growing up was, of course, Henrik Larsson. Nowadays I can’t tire of watching Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Efe Ambrose of Celtic! Also, in our own team, we have some legends that I’m privileged to play alongside, namely Jamie Winter, Paul Lunan and Jay Smart. The footballing experience between these guys is amazing.
Heard you were at Celtic Under17’s, how was that experience?
Yes, you heard correctly. I was there from the age of 10 until 17 years old, which was a dream come true for me especially when I scored at Ibrox Park against Rangers in a youth cup final in front of 8000 fans!
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned on your footballing journey?
The biggest lesson I have learned so far, which my dad has said to me from I started playing football, is that I’m too hard on myself and let things bother me too much and when that happens my head goes. He always says, ‘those who work the hardest, always succeed’.
What would you have done if you never played football?
That’s an easy one… I would have just followed Celtic everywhere home and away across the country.
Broughty Athletic are your first Junior football team, how has it been so far then?
I had a very short loan at local side Dundee North End last year, but the least said about the better! Gibby brought me in last January 2015 and I’ve enjoyed every minute of being at the club. Great club to be connected with. Hopefully, we will consolidate our place in the Super League this season and build from there on and off the park. We are a well-run club with great committee staff behind the scene’s and, of course, our chairman who makes it all happen, Gordon Deuchars.
Broughty training sessions or Broughty losing a game, what is the worst?
Without a doubt, it’s got to be Broughty losing a game that’s the worst. I even hate losing our training games too! And to be brutally honest…I even hate losing the ball in a game!!! My good friend at the club, Jamie McCunnie, says I’m just an ‘angry wee man’ when my teams get beat haha…
Finally, tell us a bit more about Paul Mclellan outside of football?
I’m currently in my last year of my apprenticeship as a heating engineer with local company Scan Building Services, which has been a great experience for me. In my spare time away from football and work, I love a Saturday night out to Club Tropicana with the boys.