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Timely boost as Mackay-Steven signs pre-contract

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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. Gerryfraethebrig,

     

     

    Congrats Sir!

     

     

    Im sure you’ll have a ball on your stag. In ML5 watching Cheltenham?? Not a bad way to celebrate mate. Can think of many worse!

     

     

    Im sure we’ll have many chances after you are finally hitched to your good lady to be, to grab a beer and talk all thimngs Celtic!

     

     

    All the best

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  2. Geordie Munro

     

     

    Sorry i got caught up im Roy Croppies Sean South

     

     

    And Bob Marley… no woman no cry…

     

     

    HH keep doin what u doin

     

     

    B-)

  3. gerryfraethebrig,

     

     

    re Roy Croppie,

     

     

    unfortunately he’s much less fun in the flesh than on here….

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  4. Dena

     

     

    Na bejasuz,you mentioned the code word *hurting* so your exempt ;-)

     

    Anyway your a tim.

     

    :-)

     

    HH

  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    the token tim

     

     

    01:34 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

    Thanks for the best wishes, Lennybhoy from this parish textd as soon as Paul67 put the article out the other day, I was gutted when I heard it was The same date but this was arranged from before Christmas…….hopefully plenty of time to meet the Bhoys of the CQN Brigade for a shandy or two

  6. The Token Tim

     

     

    01:37 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

    gerryfraethebrig,

     

     

    re Roy Croppie,

     

     

    unfortunately he’s much less fun in the flesh than on here….

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

     

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    It’s all about the Treble, dinnae ever listen to the Shite promoted by the MSM/SMSM.

     

     

    Ronny D, keep Strong.

  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    Anyone going to Hamilton game later. Marspapa and I will be in The Railway Tavern Hamilton fae 11. Join us for a pint.

  8. Roy Croppie,

     

     

    sorry mate couldny resist

     

     

    :-)

     

     

    Hopefully catch up again at CQN11.

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  9. Delaneys Dunky,

     

     

    Annoyed that my Son was smacking his mouse so much when losing the games tonight. His Mum spent a fortune on that mouse.

     

     

    He will be thinking about what I said, hopefully.

  10. Gerryfraethebrig,

     

     

    LB is another top bhoy!

     

     

    He texted me too (along with half of CQN i think!) and I’ll be sitting at one his tables.

     

     

    We’ll defo catch up later mate.

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  11. DD @ 0145,

     

     

    thanks for the offer, but unfortunately not heading across to ML3 tomorrow.

     

     

    Enjoy both the pints beforehand (been a right few years since I was in the Hamilton version of the Tavern) and the game.

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  12. Delaneys Dunky on

    Petec

     

     

    A is at the age we both did daft things. He is a gem of a bhoy, and a credit to his parents. Cut him some slack amigo! :)

  13. Delaneys Dunky

     

     

    01:58 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

    Petec

     

     

    A is at the age we both did daft things. He is a gem of a bhoy, and a credit to his parents. Cut him some slack amigo! :)

     

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    ;)

     

     

    You are so right.

     

     

    He is a choirbhoy compared to me.

     

     

    He loves the Green Brigade.

     

     

    Thank You for perspective.

     

     

    oops

     

     

    Njoi the game today, Great Celt. I’ll be at the H&B over the coming months, God Willing.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    the token tim

     

     

    01:56 on 17 January, 2015

     

    Gerryfraethebrig,

     

     

    LB is another top bhoy!

     

     

    He texted me too (along with half of CQN i think!) and I’ll be sitting at one his tables.

     

     

    We’ll defo catch up later mate.

     

     

    As soon as I posted on this site Lennybhoy contacted me, haven’t met him yet in person but he knows people that know me and vice versa defo one of the good guys

     

    Yet again all that is good about CQN !

     

    That’s my line there is a lot more good about CQN than bad probably 98% to 2% and that’s a conservative opinion not that am looking for an argument about politics

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    Petec

     

     

    I am saving all my pennies for Belfast now. Coming soon! Hopefully before Armageddion Time!

  16. Delaneys Dunky on

    Gerry

     

     

    I have never met LB, but feel like I have, due to our chat on here and by txt.

     

    Republican Clydebank, Coatbridge and Dumbarton must show the Way.

  17. Good reading back espcially about grant etc

     

     

    Usual good music from roy croppie

     

     

    Looking like a warm 38 down under

     

     

    No good for irish man.

  18. Lycru!!!!!

     

     

    Doing well thanks Loon! Good to hear from ye. The wee 2 are 5 this Sunday so going to be menatl in ours then. Elsa and Anna are making an appearance to wish them Happy Birthday apparently and to play games and have millions of photos taken with them and their wee pals. Madness probably wont get near to covering it :-)

     

     

    Hope you and V are doing well.

     

     

    Need to get a beer and hopefully a round – thats the gowf I mean now Curly, not the beers, dont want ye having a heart attack on me ;-) – later this year.

     

     

    Hows big JC too? Pass on ma regards

     

     

    Are the 2 of you coming down for CQN11?

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  19. Five? Oh ma heid, doesn’t time fly. Vicki and me are married 5 years past, she still hasn’t found me out . . . . . .

     

     

    On JC, he won’t be down for CQN11 cos the Crown Inn, Turra, is going through the final extension at that time, so he will be staying at home driving things forward, boring b’stard that he is!

     

     

    Will have to get CQN North Open organised this year, been my promise for a while.

     

     

    I sent e-mail back to Celtfish and winning captain requesting 2 tickets for Lambo’s Front Teeth and lil’ ol’ moi for CQN11. Hoping to get tickets for moi, JC and Curly Junior Junior for the gowf! Will have to chum up the committee for that!

     

     

    H x 2,

     

     

    Ylurc

  20. Clury,

     

     

    och its a bit late for V to find you out now loon.

     

    Even if she did, shes too nice to ditch ye anyway ;-)

     

     

    Sounds like JC got his hands full so can understand him not coming down. Im sure 2 tix will find their way into your and LambosFT hands. Been a while since he posted now but he must have been one of the originals along with you! met LFT at the gowf a few years back, but not seen him since.

     

     

    As for the gowf Curly Jnr Jnr?? Deary me, hope hes the sensible one if its you and JC coming down again :-) Hope to make his acquanitance!

     

     

    CQN North Open is still on my hitlist, so if it happens gimme a shout!

     

     

    Anyhoo, Im going to finish this last beer then hit ma scratcher.

     

     

    All the best to you mate.

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

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