Timely boost as Mackay-Steven signs pre-contract


Delighted we have made the pre-contract signing of Gary Mackay-Steven.  Gary signed for Dundee United from Airdrie in 2011 as a 20-year-old and soon became a popular figure for United fans.  He has been one of several members of Jackie McNamara’s squad who has attracted attention this season and will be a loss to the former Celtic defender.

It’s all about the system

Gary is left-footed but can play on either side of the 3-behind-the-striker Ronny Deila likes to deploy.  He is industrious and has a bag of tricks that makes for a good highlights video on YouTube.

I watched him turn it on against Dundee on New Years’ Day, and fondly recall a virtuoso Scottish Cup performance at Ibrox, but I’m always reluctant to offer a recommendation on a player we’ve only seen against Celtic, or in the odd TV game.  The most encouraging part of this deal is that Celtic will have watched the player literally dozens of times – we want to get our first choice players, and we don’t want to be dependent on the recommendation of a foreign-based acquaintance.

United may consider cashing-in on the player this month, but I’m sure it won’t be for the £80k Sheffield United offered earlier this week.

This will be a timely boost ahead of tomorrow’s important game against Hamilton Accies, who I’ve watched a fair bit of this season.  They are a far better team than we thought they were went they left Celtic Park with a win in October, while their pitch provides a different challenge.

It’s as game I expect us to win but I’ll be happy when the result is in the bag.

Many thanks to everyone who booked tickets for the CQN11 St Patrick’s Night on Friday 13 March at the Kerrydale suite.  You can book at the bottom of this page, or email me if you’d like to hold a ticket, celticquicknews@gmail.com .

The event has been live for less than 24 hours and we are already well on the way to funding the school kitchen in Malawi for Mary’s Meals.

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  1. Oh Ibrox in the snow,



    Will we boycott?, or will we no?



    Will we throw in the tennis balls?



    Or drop some dead fish behind the walls?

  2. Like some others, was enjoying a quiet lurk on a good Celtic day, good craic, new signing, and then, well!!!


    H h

  3. Lawellsacountant



    you are a disgrace to the blog but i will pray for you at Mass tomorrow



    God bless

  4. Fholks,


    By all means vent whatever angst you may have, however ridiculous, but as someone posted earlier there are kids looking in, let’s try and keep the language appropriate.



  5. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    Well off oot for a Pizza and a couple of Weißbiers, I think I’ll have the pizza al tonno e cipolla tonight.


    I hope the blog has been cleansed on my return :-(

  6. Lawellsaccountant



    There is a clear rule that there is no swearing on the blog.



    The manner of your posts makes me suspect that you just wanted to provoke a reaction.



    Well it seems that you have succeeded.



    I am not a fan of people posting just to offend.


    I suspect that is what you have done.



    To all those that are appalled at his post.



    Grow a pair .


    He is entitled to express himself .


    It is swearing that is banned ,not a strong belief in atheism.



    I personally don’t like the fact that he is trying to offend ,but it’s his call.




  7. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    He is obviously a disturbed fanatic with only hatred in his heart…….. Best to just bar his vile, Neanderthal rankings …….

  8. Bhoylo83



    16:37 on 16 January, 2015






    I’m also an atheist



    It doesnt give u an excuse to act a prick





    I think that, to quote an infamous atheist, atheism LIKE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO SHOULD BE BANNED TILL YOUR 18 YRS OLD

  9. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    16:44 on 16 January, 2015



    Then you are as irresponsible as he is ……CQN is not a forum for vile fanatics, who think they can utter their vile torrent …..if it was, I certainly wouldn’t come anywhere near it …..now, I don’t want to discuss this any further with you ……respect is earned

  10. Geordie Munro


    12:45 K.O celtic park time :)))


    still no word on Broonie.




    Sorry to read young Paul George & Marcus Fraser have left us :((



    DEFENDER Stuart Findlay has joined Championship side Dumbarton on loan for the remainder of the season.



    The 19-year-old is a fixture for the Development Side and featured in several friendlies for the first-team in pre-season.



    A Scotland Under-21 internationalist, Stuart has also represented Celtic in the UEFA Youth League and other European competitions. The stopper spent the second half of last season on loan at Greenock Morton.



    Meanwhile, Celtic can also confirm that winger Paul George and defender Marcus Fraser have left the club.



    Everyone at Celtic would like to wish both players well in their future careers.

  11. Lawells accountant



    Loads of mineshafters can express themselves on the blog without having to resort to language like that.



    Grow up

  12. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    geordie munro



    16:45 on 16 January, 2015


    Is Broony available for selection I mean.





    I certainly hope he is …. :)

  13. Charles Paterson@charlesp_sky · 42m 42 minutes ago



    George Letham of the “Three Bears” consortium has arrived at Ibrox for talks with @RangersFC board members



    Hiv you got £10million on you


    No you say


    Beat it boo boo

  14. While I find the way that Lawwells accountant expressed his view unacceptable, I’m afraid that it was no more vituperative than the way that rangers/sevco/newco supporters have been portrayed.



    But that’s ok I gather, cos they’re all thick….or possibly just raised in a different culture and tradition.



    Weans also read the hatred that dismisses people because of their upbringing.



    Hail hail




  15. sorry to hear young paul George is leaving, I had a great wee gab with George mcluskey in vegas about 3 years ago and he said the bhoy was the best prospect to come out of celtic park since paul mcstay, that durty hun bassa the huns just sold done him big time in a reserve game about 3 months later…hope the bhoy make a living..

  16. Cant see the zombie fish riot at ipox going ahead ….too much snow.


    Still…they can all gather outside the gates of hell, and chuck snowballs:)





  17. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    TTT Said:


    “a persons deeply held religious views should be respected” .



    Why? Should a Flat Earthers deeply held views be respected?


    Should ALL the Conspiracy Theorists views be respected?


    Should the Orange Orders deeply held views be respected?



    Te 16:21 post seem to have been deleted but I gather it was against religion? If so, some may consider that I am adding to the discontent but I don`t know what LP said and I am voicing a deeply held view myself.



    Mike in Toronto



    I totally agree that the truth is the most important element but when posters are giving OPINIONS , I much prefer the positive ones as , as I have often said, the MSSM give enough of the negative and have a scant regard for the truth.





  18. 67 heaven,



    I’ve got the feelers out now;)



    I don’t like using this source but I’ll post if I hear owt.




  19. Edward Marshall-Hall on

    Paul George ..shame …Huns ruined him



    Marcus Fraser…I remember his debut, didn’t seem to kick on from there

  20. What is the Stars




    16:57 on 16 January, 2015


    The “loons” over at the hate FF in between driving slowly in front on McGills buses ,throwing tennis balls & toilet roll onto the park tonight are planning going into Tesco( coz Big Mike bought shares in them) and planking fish “in 7 OOOOOT aWWWW SAS style like”


    I kid you not:)))


    It’s even funny again typing it CSC

  21. JJ,



    It was indeed against religion.



    But it had a few wee swearys too.




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