CROCKED Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has admitted he faces a fight for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic plans.
The 25-year-old winger missed out on the team’s pre-season training camp in Slovenia to stay behind and focus on recovering from an ankle operation.
Mackay-Steven, bought from Dundee United along with Stuart Armstrong by Ronny Deila in January 2015, said: “I had a chat with the manager before they left and it was really positive.
“He said: ‘Focus on your recovery and I look forward to having you back.’
“I’m just starting to run. I’m right on track and I’ve had no setbacks, it was going to be three months and that’s eight weeks now.”
Rodgers’ inherited a squad that is top heavy with attacking midfielders, including Ryan Christie, Scott Allan, James Forrest, Kris Commons, Stefan Johansen, Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, Patrick Roberts, Liam Henderson and Armstrong.
And Mackay-Steven expects fierce competition for a starting place as the Hoops bid for a sixth success Premiership title and a crack at the group stages of the Champions League.He added: “Every transfer window we are linked to a lot of players, We have a lot of players and every single player is going to be of a high calibre.
“So, you need to be on your toes every day. That’s the mindset at Celtic.”
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