Ian Ballantyne is a former footballer who played as a striker for Queens Park, Dundee United, Raith Rovers and East Stirlingshire. He also played in Hong Kong for Zindabad. Ballantyne joined Dundee United in April 1979 with his competitive debut coming in August. Three months later, Ballantyne joined Raith in a £12,500 deal, spending four years with the Kirkcaldy side. Later playing for East Stirlingshire, Ballantyne moved to Hong Kong shortly afterwards.