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. Tom and Burghbhoy



    I share your concerns. My son and I have tickets and are going to support our team but after last night’s spectacle, I’m a bit more uneasy. Sevco media are posting Twitter and facebook feeds from female staff in the superstore who were locked in for their own safety and from the female receptionist in Albion House who was punched in the face (she calls her fellow supporters “scumbags” amongst other choice names).



    However, despite my puny 5ft2″ frame, I will not be intimadated by these thugs and their threats of violence to other women. I will be at Hampden to support my team, win, lose or draw. And I will continue to hope for the elimination of this scourge from our society.



    Hail Hail

  2. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Ann Budge where is your tongue now after last night or is it only Celtic you have a go at ? your silence speaks volumes another bigoted Scots wifie. H.H.

  3. “Hundreds of fans gathered outside ibrox last night – they weren’t happy”


    RC news with the understatement of the year. Good grief! The lengths they go to to protect that klan. Sad really.

  4. MickTT


    06:39 on


    17 January, 2015



    If the undersoil heating had been switched on, then surely the snow WOULD has dissipated – logic says that it was NOT used.

  5. Tom each fan takes their own decision about going on the 1st,I respect that. I will not be attending,the biggest statement our fans can make is not to turn up. there is the potential for carnage before,during and after this fixture if last nights policing is anything to go by. Stay safe all you people who decide to go. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  6. Robbie Nielson says fans should be let in for free on the return leg…….millions of thems wid turn up

  7. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    10:03 on 17 January, 2015



    As should have been the case last night…..ridiculous

  8. Hertz fans to zombies



    “You let your club did, you let your club die, glasgow rangers you let your club die”










  9. Since this is page 32 of the blog:



    I received my letter offering tickets for myself & my 11 y.o. son.



    Phoned to accept mine but not as I believe that he’s too young to witness the hellish hordes in action.



    Now get this:



    £25 ticket


    £5.82 fir delivery (told this was the ONLY option)


    £1.50 managing fee


    Total: £32.32




  10. 67Heaven



    Apparently awaiting the Sunday post reporter to come back from the toilet to get a full report as the loo door is hard to decipher!:-)



  11. Auldheid



    The authorities will be seriously at fault if they allow this semi final to go ahead with the current atmosphere surround the dead club, last nights violence will only inspire them to greater violence against us, where does supporter safety figure in the Police Scotland/ SFA axis??



    Unless of course it suits someone to have an off at the game and start the whole one’s as bad as the other dialogue all over again..



    No amount of money of lust for the ” return of the Old Firm” in certain quarters is worth supporters being attacked or worse, the picture of the Hearts fan lying on the ground last nght should be more than enough to stri that idiot Regan out of his Ogilvie induced slumber.



    I full agree with you that our club Celtic should be expressing their concerns over our supporters safety in the light of last night’s trouble.



    When is enough enough in Scottish football??

  12. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    10:06 on 17 January, 2015


    Tom each fan takes their own decision about going on the 1st,I respect that. I will not be attending,the biggest statement our fans can make is not to turn up. there is the potential for carnage before,during and after this fixture if last nights policing is anything to go by. Stay safe all you people who decide to go. Hail Hail Hebcelt





    Correct, as usual ……not only will I not be attending that game, but will never enter ANY stadium which is unlucky enough to have that bunch of hooligans in attendance…

  13. Auldheid


    09:56 on


    17 January, 2015


    With regard to the forthcoming LC Final, if I were Celtic I would be voicing my concerns on spectator safety to the SPFL, The Police and copied to the SFA and First Minister.



    I would be saying that events at Ibrox and the perception held by their support of being victims greatly increases the chance of violence and steps to minimise it should be considered in advance.



    I’d also add that if the request is not heeded and there is violence of a level requiring a post match summit with the Scottish Government, Celtic would be unwilling to attend.



    Get yer retaliation in first and stop Celtic getting dragged into a problem not of our making.




    Spot on. Having seen the footage from last night, I’m wondering if anyone (Police Scotland? Celtic?) might suggest the game does not go ahead at all. Not sure how that would wok but it’s clear that there are people attached to Sevco that are looking for blood.

  14. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Delaneys dunky



    Game definitely on, no inspection anticipated. I see we have Steven MacLean as the MIB today. Mon the Hoops, time to step up




  15. Having viewed and read about some of the behaviour by a section of the hun support at last night’s game and the subsequent lack of media coverage about it, I hope that some on here will now appreciate why there are some of us who constantly go on about the criminalisation of the Celtic support.




  16. What is the attraction on this game being played on the 1st…….we know their team is crap….team and fans lives are at risk what for ????? some tuppence hapeny cup and the skye crap from tanner ba and legned mc cann

  17. I find it a little disappointing that many do not seem to learn.



    Firstly their behaviour will always be covered up. The police will do little to nothing, the media will spin and the SFA will remain silent. It’s called institutional sectarianism.



    Secondly celtic will do and say nothing. The safety of the celtic support is not of concern to the club. They couldn’t care less. It’s all about the money. Celtic are also now firmly a part of operation get the Huns back to the top. Therefore when the inevitable trouble begins it will be celtic fans fault and celtic. In an act of appeasement we have seen all too often, will rush to attack the celtic support.



    Aren’t you all paying attention?

  18. 50 shades of green



    You, of all people, should appreciate that many ‘Auld’ folk are missing a semi.

  19. I hear they are selling half season tickets for that new Championship club. Seems like a risky investment, betting that they will make it to the end of the season.



    The League Cup semi will provide a taste of exactly what most of the Scottish footbaling establishment and media want – a team with Rangers in its name back in the big time. It’s a no win for us in footballing terms. A big win and it will be due to our unfair financial advantage.. A close game and it will be plaudits to the plucky underdogs. And f we lose … well, that doesn’t even bear thinking about.



    Off the pitch, there is a lot can happen in a couple of weeks. Their EGM will be close, another billionaire savour or two will probably have emerged and they will still need a few million pounds a month. The fans will still be in ugly mood, the likelihood of trouble will be high and the policing needs to be set at highest alert to keep our fans and any neutrals safe.



    Misbehaviour from the hun hoards in front of a national tv audience would show that The Rangers are just as loathsome as the club they replaced. The songs, the violence, the intimidation. Same scum, different club.

  20. For those expecting Celtic to issue a statement about supporter safety ahead of the Semi Final, don’t hold your breath.



    Celtic have kept an embarrassing and disgraceful silence these last few years while the greatest sporting scandal in Scottish history was taking place, and is still taking place.

  21. Telt yous. And anyone who’d listen. And I know many on here feel the same – the last few years (effectively) free from their poison have been ‘glorious ‘.



    They’ve coincided with my wee bhoy getting into football. He loves it. He’s not 10 till April. But already he’s sensing the hate that they bring.



    Please let liquidation take them. If not let’s destroy them on the pitch with real football. But look after one another. On and off the pitch.



    HH jamesgang

  22. I have a dilemma.


    I have been offered tickets for the Semi-Final by the club.


    I have no interest in watching Sevco, but I do, obviously, want to see my team play in a major Cup game.


    Obvious concern regarding violence, they have a lot of history of it, and I don’t want to be part of legimising the one club lie.


    I also have an 18yo daughter, who gets to every game work allows her to get to, desperate to go, and a wife/mother concerned about the consequence(she has been to many games v the dead club and knows what can happen).


    I don’t want our team facing that set of “supporters” without proper backing from Celtic fans.


    I’ll listen to all opinions.


    Mostly when I meet the renegades in the pub in a couple of hours.

  23. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Gordon J



    Totally agree we’re in something of a no win situation which is why I would play our youth team with maybe one or two regulars, and I still think we’d hammer them




  24. 50 shades of green on

    vale bhoy



    10:17 on 17 January, 2015



    50 shades of green



    You, of all people, should appreciate that many ‘Auld’ folk are missing a semi.




    You know me so well Vale Bhoy :-)

  25. mullet and co 2 on

    I am happy that we are back playing today and we can comment on how our football club is doing. As other posters know I comment frequently on the off park Rangers saga. Last nights events demonstrate the potential that the League cup semi could have.


    I have learned that it is not fair to criticise those who choose to go to this game. I hope those that do go choose to be careful and keep safe.


    From what I have seen so far there were a few demonstrators in a foyer area this hardly constitutes a riot but there were reports of hearts supporters being attacked. They need an outlet for their anger. You can be sure that green and white will be a red rag to them.


    Auldheid has made a great point. The club should be coming out with something before this match. To do otherwise is a dereliction of a duty of care to their customers and supports what the media hope will be the football equivalent of snuff video violence.