GARY MACKAY-STEVEN is hoping to make up for last season’s frustrations by making an impact in Brendan Rodgers’ second campaign at the Hoops.
The 26-year-old winger missed the first six months through injury and then found his game-time limited due to the form of wide-men Scotty Sinclair, Patrick Roberts and James Forrest.
However, Mackay-Steven has featured in the two games in Austria and he is eager to build on that.
The former Dundee United raider said: “It’s good to start pre-season fit and any footballer would say this is the most important time to get up to speed fitness-wise.
“It helps you achieve that base level for the season, so I’m happy I can be with the boys for the away trips and be involved in the games.
“I feel good. It was quite a short holiday and everyone has come back in good physical shape.
“We had a good first week where we really did the proper fitness testing and since then we have got into the games. I don’t feel too bad and I’m definitely progressing.
“I just want to get some game-time and get as fit as I can and stay clear of injuries.
“That’s the main thing for me. I want to be fit and available for the whole campaign, work hard and catch the manager’s eye.
“Every player wants to play their part. Last year was great for everyone, but this year I definitely want to be more involved and play more.
“I think the manager just wants everyone to be available and stay clear of injuries and get as fit as they possibly, so that’s what I’m looking to do.
“I am always confident in my own ability. When I’m fit and healthy, I feel I am more than good enough to play.
“It’s just a case of getting the confidence of being in good physical shape and know you are going to manage 90 minutes.
“That only comes with runs of games. In terms of confidence and my ability and playing wise, it’s never been a doubt in my mind.”
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