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. The biggest game in the most competitive league in the world


    was a complete an utter shambles.


    Like most wee clubs they don’t have under soil heating.

  2. Árd Macha


    Yes I’ll be at the inter game was talking to Declan tonight Lurgan nor Portadown got any tickets for semi final. so see you at Inter or wherever the hootenany takes us :-))))






    Delaneys Dunky still get excited night beforw game (crazy after all these years- sounds like a song)






    The Token Tim



    Goodnight to you too sir




  3. T3



    They have Marti Pellow as their poet. The guy fae the Tim family in my scheme. Wee shame. :)

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    the token tim



    00:51 on 17 January, 2015





    I am gutted about CQN11…. The 13th March is my stag doo… After 10yrs together me and the good lady are tying the knot in April, my young nephews fancy Amsterdam or Prague, am staying in Coatbridge watching the Cheltenham horses, if I thought I could trust ma pals I would book a couple of tables but am afraid the last thing Paul67 needs is a stag doo although all the bhoys going are good Cellic bhoys……

  5. CQN Belfast is turnin into a night to remember



    Any chance gettin Jamesgang and Davidopoulis on board?




  6. Bhoylo83


    00:57 on


    17 January, 2015


    Roy Croppie



    CQN Belfast?



    Fantastic news if ur goin…seriously









    Seems to be shaping up to some night cant wait to chew the cud with a few cqners



    dont get much time at cqn corner before games and somewhere comfortable to sit and have a drink with like minded people sounds like paradise





    oh wait it is paradise just without the seats………….. get it sorted seats at cqn corner




    definitely away early start in the morning




  7. Bhoylo @0104



    That’d be too much. Sore chops from constant laughing.



    Two seriously funny ghuys :)

  8. Gerryfaethebrig on

    roy croppie



    01:01 on 17 January, 2015



    Great stuff yet again…. I might have that as my first dance when I tie the knot in April, Mr Croppie are you available on Easter Saturday for a wee gig ?

  9. roy croppie


    01:05 on


    17 January, 2015





    Zombie Nation






    Last post (definitely maybe)



    photopix are doing special offers on albums of your favourite photos can you do me copies of all of your portfolio laminated if possible :-))))))




    love them keep them coming……..when I see your posting I know I am going to enjoy the blog no matter who is fighting

  10. Dena29



    Confirmed? … brilliant!



    U dont know what its like for proper Celts to have……. ‘proper Celts’ here for a night in Ireland



    Its not often we get the opportunity



    Thats the reason i joined CQN




  11. Geordie Munro



    Thats my point… u, Jamesgang, Davidopoulis, and BSR



    are the guys i look out for on here




  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Jamesgang looks like Tommy Cooper’s taller brother, and funnier in person than on here. Mad as a brush, but that is common for us folk born in Paisley. ;)

  13. Bhoylo,



    I’m flattered neebs.



    But I ain’t I’m same league as those 3.



    If someone told me they were pro-comediens I wouldn’t be surprised. :))

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    geordie munro



    01:06 on 17 January, 2015





    Congratulations neebs.



    Just read back, if that’s for me thanks very much Geordie Munro




  15. Gerry,



    Aye it was.



    I thought it was ok to be on first name terms :)



    Good stag and a good wedding…Canny beat it.

  16. Gerryfaethebrig on

    geordie munro



    01:23 on 17



    I am getting a bit old for all that stag doo nonsense, a few pints and a couple of bets at the Gold Cup Cheltenham, I am half tempted for CQN11 as its only a taxi away but only new to CQN so don’t want to make a bad impression…. Wouldn’t mind hiring a hall and pay Roy Croppie to bring his CD collection along



    Thanks again for the best wishes

  17. dena @0119



    as a good freind of mine said earlier tonight:



    “Dont ever stop laughing at them. Just remember their triumphalism in their 9IAR years.


    Their arrogance, their bile, their boasting of their material wealth – they called US beggars! Who are the beggars now, you ******* ****** up joke of a club”



    I think that summed it all up rather succinctly.



    So please, feel free to laugh, enjoy, poke fun at, and generally revel in their misfortunes.


    They so deserve it!!






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