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. Masty



    Paul George among so many will forever remain a conundrum to me.



    Why do we release them and then go and buy for zillions guys who wouldn’t shine their shoes?



    Hail hail




  2. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Thanks. I don`t like swearing anyway but on here, where people have time to think as they are typing ( lots of time if they type as I do !), I think it is out of order.




  3. estadio



    how are ye mo chara?…the tackle on paul was an absolute shocker, bhoy never regained it after that,i was sittin in yer chair last week…place was bouncing, a fiddlers rally or summit..

  4. The huns shoulda aimed their protests at the guy who is ultimately to blame for their situation. Sir David Moray.

  5. RE.young Paul he was a marked bhoy (in the eyes of the bigots)


    when he switched his allegiances from the North to the South.


    I had deep suspicions aboot that tackle from the monkey.







  6. BREAKING: There’s a pitch inspection at Ibrox happening right now….to ensure The Rangers still own it.

  7. JJHS



    Spot on. They could always use ******.



    No one would know what the f*** they were talking about them.



    Like the wee boy who comes home from school and his da asks him what he learned today.



    “Well da, a woman cow is a f****er”



    “Whit?” His da shouted….”yer teacher tellt ye that…right I’m goin to have a word…whit exactly did she say?”



    “Well da…she said it wis an heffer….but we knew whit she meant!”



    Hail hail




  8. Delaneys Dunky on

    Remember speaking to Marcus Fraser after Paul George’s injury(the day we won the league at Killie) he was extremely upset about his mate. Marcus suffered a similar injury a few months later. I know Marcus very well. His confidence was wrecked by his injury. He is distraught tonight at being released. Good luck to him and Paul for the future. God bless them both.

  9. Respect:



    due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.



    It’s not much to ask.

  10. Masty



    Don’t forget that when sitting on that stool thecneed to talk absolute keech is irresistible.



    I hope you kept up the reputation. :)



    Hail hail




  11. Edward Marshall-Hall on

    Feruz away to Blackpool for the rest of the season .Life at the, bottom club in the Championship as apposed to CFC .Hell mend him .

  12. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




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



    As a programmer surely your or should be an and there ? Or is it an equals ? ;-)

  13. Masty



    Fluent keech? Impressive!!!



    Is that where the word Ef-fluent comes frae?



    Right time for bed here.






    Hail hail




  14. Awe naw….I’ve not been a programmer since the days of assembler and PL/1….and that’s got zilch to do with our universally respected PL.



    hail hail




  15. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Celtic Good Rangers Evil. Repeat



    I better stop now and go start my Kojoscript :-)




  16. lennon's passion on

    bada bing!!



    17:14 on 16 January, 2015



    Haha superb that your own or did you borrow it.

  17. Leftclicktic


    Sorry to here Paul George has left us. He was making great progress, many thought he was a better prospect than Islam Feruz, until Lewis Messi Mc Leod done him.


    On a more positive note there was a documentary on RTE 1 on Sunday 11th Jan which featured John Sheahan on his Dubliners experience. Great early footage of Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew. Well worth a look.



  18. 50 shades of green on

    Been catching up, and after having had a chance to mullet over, I have decided not to wade in with the fish jokes.



    I mean lets not be Koi here some of them were pure carp.




    P.s how many of the huns went into sports direct to get tennis balls for tonight. :-).

  19. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Good Evening Timland.



    Welcome to the greatest club you’ll ever play for GMS,I have


    my doubts but I hope you prove me wrong, big Craig has.



    Right,who’s watching the hun?

  20. Evening Timland from a cold hun free mountain valley.





    The Rangers v Hearts is on TV tonight. If you want to watch the game don’t come to The Rock. We’re showing ‘Homes under the Hammer’ instead.





  21. bournesouprecipe on

    Welcome Gary MacKay Steven



    Celtic hold all the cards in this situation. Not only will Utd get some cash, they’ll have GMS off their wage bill and not need to pay him up to June 2015.



    The SMSM figure won’t be paid but he’ll model the Hoops in February.

  22. BSR



    Glad you sound so convincing.



    We’re going to need all the help we can get to negotiate the next few weeks successfully, with league matches being the priority now.

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