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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. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    TBJ

     

     

    Aye, theyve certainly not been missed by the majority of supporters, would love to just see them die off, its been a breath of fresh air without them

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

    Twenty first

     

     

    Unfortunately most of the knuckle draggers who associate with that clumpany have nothing else in their lives

     

     

    Little peepul who cling onto the idea that they are the chosen ones ..

     

     

    The only way they will die off is when they cease to breathe

  3. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    TBJ

     

     

    Agreed, we’re lumbered with them, and despite their protestations to the contrary, the establishment will continue to ensure their existence, in one ugly form or another, for the forseeable future

     

     

    HH

  4. skyisalandfill on

    Good morning hoops.

     

    Waiting on the bus to Hamilton.

     

    Commons, Henderson and scepovic to start. 3-0 the good ghuys.

     

     

    HH

  5. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    skyisalandfill

     

     

    07:28 on 17 January, 2015

     

     

    Enjoy the game my friend and I hope your journey is safe.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  6. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    skyislandfill

     

     

    enjoy your day mate, looking forward to it myself. Hope your right re score but I’ll settle for three points, think it could be a tough one today

     

     

    HH

  7. skyisalandfill on

    CRC

     

     

    Thanks friend.

     

    Looks like we’re going via furry boot city. Roads will be better.

     

     

    Mon the hoops and Chelski

     

     

    HH

  8. posted on Sevco media – even some of “ra peepul” can see the scum in their midst

     

     

     

     

    “This post is directed at those who shamed our club tonight after the game was abandoned.The protest at the start and during the game is what we needed, and the atmosphere there was incredible.

     

     

    I am only just in the house and have absolutely no interest in reading other threads so if something of this nature has already been posted then merge it.

     

     

    I have read many topics posted in the Bears Den relating to “Rangers Class”, “The Rangers Way” and “The Rangers Etiquette”. These focused on a lot of things but mainly the repugnance of Ally choosing a tracksuit over a formal suit whilst in the dugout and the players social life.

     

    Quite frankly, I think we should worry more about the mental state of our support, rather than what sauce Kyle Hutton had on his Nando’s last weekend.

     

     

    Tempers were obviously running high tonight for several reasons, even more so after the game was abandoned. But for God sake, seeing grown adults trying to portray the Govan hard man, pushing the plastic sheet divider in a way as though it was holding them back, and if it wasnt for that flimsy piece of tarpaulin then they would have had no hesitation in attacking the Hearts fans is cringe-worthy. There wasn’t a Heart’s fan near them in the Broomloan stand.

     

     

    And it didn’t stop there. As soon as I left the Sandy Jardine stand exit at the Rangers Ticket Centre, I seen two young lads, pissed out their delinquent brains, shouting “Where the **** is that Hearts ****They joined in the other group of knuckle-dragging braindead’s in singing songs and throwing ketchup from the Burger van towards the group of around dozen Hearts fans, women and children in the mix.

     

     

    If your rational response to an opposition fan giving you the finger is to rush a barrier (which you know you are not even going to attempt to cross, because if you had any real conviction the 16 year old G4S schoolgirl wouldnt be a barrier to you), and signal that you are you to cause GBH to them outside, then you need your fucking head examined.

     

     

    Why it is still a surprise to some of you that the media focus on our fans as hooligans is beyond me…just look at the state of this section of our support.

     

     

    I am utterly disgusted. Talk about “Rangers Class, Etiquette and Tradition”, look back at photos from the bygone days of yore, when our support would turn up and support the team in their best Saturday bunnet…not rush the toilets looking for a bog roll to toss at the away support.

     

     

    YOU are the embarrassment. YOU are Scotland’s Shame. Call yourself “Rangers Men”… don’t make me laugh.

     

     

     

     

    George McLean, on 17 Jan 2015 – 12:26 AM, said:

     

    I personally saw a Hearts bus get it’s window smashed with bricks thrown by our fans, this bus had young kids on it. These fans are a disgrace to Rangers and the support and tbh it’s no wonder the rest of Scottish football hates our club and support. Nothing heroic in throwing bricks at a bus, a bunch of lowlife morons, that’s all they are and i’m ashamed that this club has got so many of these knuckledraggers following it. Any right minded Rangers fans should

     

    be condemning this shower of lowlife and should have been disgusted with the lot of these morons tonight.

     

    .

  9. skyisalandfill on

    Twenty first

     

     

    You may well be right.

     

     

    Enjoy the game.

     

     

    That whole Huns game episode last night was a mockery of professional football.

     

     

    They continue to shame fitba. Look forwards to ms budge having her day.

     

     

    HH

  10. Dexter says PAY THE LIVING WAGE CELTIC PLC on

    Hoping all the Bhoys get to New Douglas Park and back home safely.

     

     

    Hoping also that the winter break has recharged the bhatteries and there is a zest to our performhance from ko.

     

     

    Hoping also that GMS arrives at G40 ASAP. Presumably around £100k would do it??

     

     

    Say GMS is on £4k a week. Over 5 months that’s not far off £100k. DU would be freed up on wages and get something for the bhoy.

     

     

    Cmon Peter- make it happen!!!!

  11. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    skyislandfill

     

     

    Theyre just resorting to type, cant help themselves.

     

     

    HH

  12. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Last Man Standing 3 submission reminders to:

     

     

    The Exiled Tim

     

    realnineinarow

     

    Billy Bhoy

     

    cosycornerbhoy

     

     

    G

  13. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    wHoops

     

     

    Get your teams in please!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  14. Young Jay Bhoy Beattie and his Dad Martin are currently en route from Lurgan to see the Celtic at Hamilton today, this is the Wee Mhans first “away” game which is some statement given he travels from the 6 Counties! as may have been posted before the invite came directly from Hamilton Accies, a wonderful gesture for which they’re due great credit, can I ask those who will be at the match today to make this Wee Mhans day even more special by giving him a rousing Celtic Support Welcome

     

    YNWA

  15. Morning Bhoys.

     

    Woke up this morning with a wee skip in the step.

     

    Fancy a solid victory today.

     

    Hamilton 0 Celtic 3.

     

     

    Have mixed thoughts/feelings about the League Cup semi final and feel a bit guilty.

     

     

    Have said all along I wouldn’t attend a game against Sevco.

     

    An illegitimate , cheating club who are the scourge of Scottish fitba.

     

    I have committed to giving my ticket away.

     

    Why do I feel guilt?

     

    Sevco 0 Celtic 6

  16. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Good Morning Timland.

     

     

    Last night was a wee taster of what the LCSM will be like,so

     

    if your going be vigilant but don’t be cowed,why should you ffs,

     

    don’t let those hun thugs stop you from going to watch Celtic.

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Pat on the back to

     

     

    SKYISALANDFILL for the effort to make today’s game.

     

     

    Accies for the effort to make today very special for Jay.

     

     

    PC67 for making me laugh. As usual! (Thank God for the ogy!)

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CELTICROLLERCOASTER

     

     

    Apologies for COSYCORNERBHOY. I’ll give him a call and gently remind him of the etiquette involved.

  19. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Nye Bevans

     

     

    Agreed, we’ve always been up for it with that mob and I dont see LCSM being any different.

     

    Ive got a feeling theyre going to have a lot to be angry about by full time, probably just start fighting amongst themselves. Wont be the first time

     

     

    HH

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SKYISALANDFILL

     

     

    True,going to see Celtic is indeed a pleasure.

     

     

    The return trip,not so much sometimes!

     

     

    Hope everything falls into place for you today,mate. And for the Bhoys!!

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TWENTYFIRSTOFMAYNINETEENSEVENTYNINE

     

     

    Four past them in the first twenty minutes and they’ll eff off.

     

     

    Back beneath the stones from whence they came.

  22. Good morning CQN

     

     

     

    Graham Spiers ‏@GrahamSpiers 10m10 minutes ago

     

    Dear me. From the various bulletins these were ugly scenes at Ibrox last night: ‘rioting’, ‘fighting’ ‘mounted police’ ‘sectarian chanting’.

     

     

    Brian McNally ‏@McNallyMirror 24s24 seconds ago

     

    Shameful scenes of violence & bigotry at Ibrox must surely mean @policescotland & football authorities will step up Hampden semi security.

  23. Celtic Collectibles ‏@CollectCelticFC 47s47 seconds ago

     

    No arrests at Ibrox tonight. Apparently,despite best efforts, @policescotland couldn’t find anybody belonging to The Green Brigade”

     

     

    Has there been no arrests ?? that is shameful

     

     

    that’ll be this vid http://youtu.be/kAFB93uX6dA

  24. Graham Spiers ‏@GrahamSpiers 10m10 minutes ago

     

    Dear me. From the various bulletins these were ugly scenes at Ibrox last night: ‘rioting’, ‘fighting’ ‘mounted police’ ‘sectarian chanting’.

     

     

    Brian McNally ‏@McNallyMirror 24s24 seconds ago

     

    Shameful scenes of violence & bigotry at Ibrox must surely mean @policescotland & football authorities will step up Hampden semi security.

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    AND PEOPLE ASK ME DO I MISS THESE GAMES – NO, NO, NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO NO, NO

  25. Good morning friends from whiteout EK. More snow overnight and decided against a ParkRun this morning. I as assume our game’s on and that Hamilton can afford (a) underground heating (b) a few folk with brushes unlike those pesky Championship teams?

  26. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    BMCUW

     

     

    Too true mate, domestic abuse court will be packed on the 2nd

     

     

    HH

  27. the long wait is over on

    Lionsroar / scully

     

     

    None of that happened according to the bbc website.

     

     

    Their online report refers only to demonstrations with one line referring to some ” disturbance”

     

     

    The pro Rangers bias of their online reporting worsens.