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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. It was Great trying to get to East Kilbride, lots of Fun. :))

     

     

    Strangely, EK’s road were a lot less hazardous than any in and around Glasgow.

     

     

    F the SNP. :))

  2. delaneys dunky

     

     

    02:42 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

     

     

     

    Hope so

     

     

    A Fine unrependant fenian like him is always Needed.

  3. TTT –

     

     

    Aye, you are on the list for Turra, surprising, eh? CJJ is playing of 16 just now, unfortunately I cannot kick his arse, too tall and mobile!

     

     

    He used to come to the CQN 5’s, and grew about 7 feet over the years! He is 23 now, so can buy you a pint and tell you what a bald twat his old man is . . . .

     

     

    Bedwards too, all the best to you and the family, take care,

     

     

    Cyrul

  4. the token tim

     

     

    02:45 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

     

     

    Too much.. only good thing is i’ll be on the beer and not working.

  5. Delaneys Dunky on

    Proudbhoy

     

     

    My family are from Sligo, but the best place in Ireland I have been is Cork.

     

    Corkcelt epitomises the attitude of Cork.

  6. Delaneys Dunky on

    Petec

     

     

    A bird in the hand!

     

    2 Bushes. Arms, drugs, fear and terrorism dealers.

     

    Lord. Reign on me!

  7. Delaneys Dunky

     

     

    03:05 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

    Petec

     

     

    A bird in the hand!

     

    2 Bushes. Arms, drugs, fear and terrorism dealers.

     

    Lord. Reign on me!

     

    _____________________________________________

     

     

    If the PressCaught a hold of…. the dodgy dealings back before the 2nd World War… well it’s a Shame.

     

     

    Nothing new under the Sun, that God created, not those that try and Worship the Sun.

  8. Delaneys Dunky on

    Petec

     

     

    Only the Creator.

     

    We’ve come a long, long way together.

     

    Through the hard times and the pain.

     

    I want to celebrate you Celtic.

     

    I want to praise you like I should.

  9. delaneys dunky

     

     

    02:56 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

     

     

    Corks a great county and great people.

     

     

    You ever visit good old derry ?

  10. Delaneys Dunky on

    Proudbhoy

     

     

    Aye. I love Derry. Not been in 10 years though. :(

     

    Oor pal fae Clydebank Tricoloured Ribbon, now resident in Doirè, deserves a visit soon fae me. :)

  11. I thought there was supposed to be something called an Offensive Behaviour Act in Scotland…………..so “Billy Boys……up to our knees in Fenian blood” us not offensive. I have lived in Canada a long time and go back for big games…….but is this Offensive B Act only one sided ?

  12. delaneys dunky

     

     

    03:38 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

     

     

    Aye pay that poor man a visit. He lives a stones throw away from my home.

  13. Delaneys Dunky on

    Proudbhoy

     

     

    My turn to visit TCR. :)

     

    Going halfway though, booked flight and digs in Beal Feirst for BMCUW’s Hootenanny world tour 2nd City. Glasgow, Belfast. Where next???????????

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WESTIES

     

     

    I had a brief wee discussion last night with CAPTAIN BEEFHEART on that very subject.

     

     

    We decided that the act applies to all,as we are all equal under the law. However,Celtic fans may be subject to a more vigorous interpretation by officers in situ.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    BMCUW

     

     

    Just off the phone to Petec. Glasgow to Warsaw return for Europa Final £43.

     

    Booking it soon. Dream a little dream. ;)

  16. Delaneys Dunky on

    Buy cheap fifa 15 coins

     

     

    Welcome to this wonderful place. You will love it here. Unless you are a sticky bun???

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DELANEYS DUNKY

     

     

    Wow,cheap as…

     

     

    Hopefully you’ll have a team to support. Next step,order tickets for the match!

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DELANEYSDUNKY

     

     

    Btw,mailed you.

     

     

    Had a few more enquiries from The Irish Bhoys about Belfast. Looking good,mucker.

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Back out to finish this shift. Bliddy freezin’ out there,I’ve turned into a soft Southerner.

  20. Delaneys Dunky on

    BMCUW

     

     

    The 2nd leg of the Hootenanny World Tour Belfast, will be something else. We both know what our Irish cousins are like. You know the maddies who are travelling from Scotland and England. Parteeeeee!!!!!

  21. delaneys dunky

     

     

    04:06 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

     

     

    Id recommend hamburg or krakow.. my 2 favorite cities that iv been too in europe.

     

     

    Celtic friendly aswel. Espcially hamburg.

  22. FAR FROM THE MADDEN(ing) CROWD

     

     

    Referee – “the groundsman told me it would melt” – who was the groundsman, was it Ally on his gardening leave?

     

     

    Kick-off was 19:30 – how on earth, with the temperature dropping, could it melt? Why wasn’t the full pitch cleared as there was plenty of time to do so?

     

     

    Seems to me that more attention was being paid ton the crowd outside the ground and not enough to the two thousand plus travelling fans, who are left around £100k out of pocket.

     

     

    If the top tier can do without THEM for three years, and clubs like Aberdeen and Dundee Utd can become genuine challengers and financially stronger whilst Sevco occupy almost 90% of the publicity generated with their ongoing farce – why couldn’t we do without them for ever?

     

     

    There is, in my opinion, a growing belief that the future could well be without the soon to be erstwhile owners of Ibrox.

  23. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Waking up to the news that there’s not really any news on the civil unrest and cheapskate skulduggery at Ibrokes last night

     

     

    Not really surprised that any brooms available were used to sweep the dirt under the nearest carpet and not to clear the pitch of snow

     

     

    As a follower of the NFL I observe far worse snowfalls ( 2-6 feet of the white stuff) and sub zero conditions ( -10c is normal) in Green Bay

     

     

    But they invite the fans in to clear the snow and ensure the games go ahead . ( they pay $10 an hour so maybe the sevco can’t afford that )

     

     

    I’ve watched games being played while the snow dropped heavy and never stopped

     

     

    As for the violence .. It was well documented on social media that there was gonna be a rammy .

     

     

    Focus must have been busy elsewhere … And the beebs Brian McLaughlin was reporting from Edmiston drive at 6:45 as the protesters rallied at the front door with cries of wee arra peepul and no surrender in the air .

     

     

    Some of the reports of fighting .. A bus being bricked .. The public disorder inside the front doors of the stadium with plod pushing revolting zombies out was like a scene from world war Z with john Collins substituting for brad Pitt

     

     

    All joking aside : another example of the police and media covering up for the establishment

     

     

    Any word of ann budge being consistent yet ?

  24. A couple of the less erudite clique on this blog, keep answering me only with the phrase – “get it roon ye, ya hun”

     

     

    Can anyone enlighten me what “it” is and what “roon ye” means?

     

     

    I think I have the basic gist of “ya hun”

  25. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    TBJ

     

     

    Didnt seem like they put much effort in to get their pitch in order, I hope Hamilton dont follow suit today. As for the media coverage of their ‘demonstrations’ its pretty much what we’ve come to expect, whilst they keep belting out their vile bigoted songs we are tarred with the same brush, its a sectarian problem ! Nothing changes here

     

     

    HH

  26. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Alfie

     

     

    Children read these pages so I couldn’t possibly post the explanation of the Scottish phrases you mention

     

     

    Suffice to say they do not wish you well and would appear to see you gone from this dear place

  27. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Twenty first

     

     

    One would think the media would have realised by now that covering up for the scum doesn’t really do them any good .

     

     

    As for being ” two cheeks of the same arris ” … Most of the

  28. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Most of the fans of other clubs have realised now .. Just how bad that lot are

  29. alfie noakes

     

     

    05:48 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

    FAR FROM THE MADDEN(ing) CROWD

     

     

    Referee – “the groundsman told me it would melt” – who was the groundsman, was it Ally on his gardening leave?

     

     

    Kick-off was 19:30 – how on earth, with the temperature dropping, could it melt? Why wasn’t the full pitch cleared as there was plenty of time to do so?

     

     

    Seems to me that more attention was being paid ton the crowd outside the ground and not enough to the two thousand plus travelling fans, who are left around £100k out of pocket.

     

     

    If the top tier can do without THEM for three years, and clubs like Aberdeen and Dundee Utd can become genuine challengers and financially stronger whilst Sevco occupy almost 90% of the publicity generated with their ongoing farce – why couldn’t we do without them for ever?

     

     

    There is, in my opinion, a growing belief that the future could well be without the soon to be erstwhile owners of Ibrox.

     

    ₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩₩

     

    Due to the undersoil heating taking effect the referee was advised the snow would melt.

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White