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. Plenty of comments and reaction to the violence,singing,shambles from last night throughout the media.Yes,some did not,but dont give it the “Not a word said”lie distort your argument.


    We know who the”Usual suspects”in the media are.


    Maybe Ann Budge will comment today or tomorrow,lets wait and see.

  2. Green pinta ah but what is the difference between those who run the Hun and those who run Celtic? After all we are doing everything we can to help the Hun out.

  3. the glorious balance sheet on

    Craig Levein sent out a message on Twitter last night along the lines of “Not a good night for Scottish football, for many reasons.”



    I fail to see what the hooliganism of the Zombies has to do with the rest of Scottish football. How does their failure to properly operate undersoil heating, to buy in brushes and shovels and to have an orange ball reflect on the rest of Scottish football?

  4. As for the authorities wishfully hoping for a riot on 1 February I get the distinct impression that there are quite a few posters on here that are secretly praying for armeggedon on the same day with Catholics getting accosted coming out of evening mass and hun lynch mobs erecting makeshift gallows at Brigton Cross and executing Celtic supporters they have abducted in the Gallowgate. It will give the same wee drama queens the opportunity to post how they have all told us so and give them enough material that they can get their knickers in a twist on here for evermore.


    Casualty departments in Glasgow are full every Saturday night wether there is an auld firm gemme or not, it disnae stop worried Maw’s and Da’s placing a curfew on their wee lambs from going intae the city centre to get blootered oot their heads maist weekends

  5. Bontybhoy@11.18


    What we would have needed last night was the highly intelligent Pat Nevin. He of the super sensitive hearing who can hear “sectarian singing” even when it’s not happening.

  6. Neganon wrote



    And my anger is that we are being sold out by our custodians.



    It wont be the first time,and it wont be the last.Put anyone in charge of anything,and it will split support for them.Some hate,some love.


    FFS,it happens all over the country in Social Clubs,.A committee gets elected and within weeks they are useless bast—-.


    Human nature.We all think we can do better.

  7. current celtic squad v Hamilton A


    1 games 0 shut out Lukasz zaluska


    1 games 0 shut out craig Gordon


    7 games 0 goals scott brown


    4 games 1 goals Anthony stokes


    3 games 0 goals Emilio izaguirre


    2 games 0 goals Charlie mulgrew


    2 games 2 goals kris commons


    2 games 0 goals beram kayal


    2 games 0 goals james forrest


    1 games 0 goals efe ambrose


    1 games 0 goals virgil van dijk


    1 games 0 goals Stefan johansen


    1 games 0 goals leigh Griffiths


    1 games 0 goals Jason denayer


    1 games 0 goals aleksandar tonev


    1 games 0 goals john guidetti


    1 games 0 goals wakaso Mubarak


    hail hail

  8. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc now6 seconds ago



    Celtic team to play Hamilton: Gordon, Matthews, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre; Bitton, Brown; Commons, Johansen, Henderson; Griffiths

  9. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc now3 seconds ago



    Subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Guidetti, Scepovic, Fisher, McGregor, Thomson

  10. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc 48s48 seconds ago


    Celtic team to play Hamilton: Gordon, Matthews, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre; Bitton, Brown; Commons, Johansen, Henderson; Griffiths (MH)

  11. A bit of good old win-win, Hun-on-Hun violence down Edmiston Drive last night and the flakes are on here somehow manufacuring blame on Celtic.



    Get a grip on yourselves, idiot man-children.



    Let the Huns batter bejesus out of one another all day long, Orcs v Gremlins, Billy Boys v Gorgie Goons, the more blood on the snow, the merrier, the more hurting Huns hurt, the better; they’ve been at it for generations, why stop now?



    If the Scoddish Meeja want to ignore it, hell mend them – the internet reveals the truth nowadays; once a Hun, always a Hun.



    It’s got f’ck-all to do with Celtic.

  12. Interesting team today especially forward 4. Glad to see Griff get a run out on that slick surface

  13. D.U v ICT game off due to a frozen pitch,eh?


    Is it not a requirement now to have undersoil heating in the PREMIER league of the SPFL?


    COYBG,back to winning ways.

  14. I don’t think Celtic are wanting trouble – far from it.



    But I suspect there would be a few commentators and politicians who might be relieved if there was aggro on Feb 1. Justifies several agendas: one is as bad as the other. See, the police need all the powers they can get.



    Etc etc.



    There is no chance of the Huns being held to account for their behaviour in Scotland. We should know that by now. FFS, even their death has been officially airbrushed from history.



    As someone who has a ticket for the game, I am more than a little nervous about attending the match. Not so much for the stadium itself, but the journey to and from…

  15. Patkheadcumsalford



    The Justice Minister merely failing to condemn the sectarian chanting,would be a step up from his predecessor who virtually praised it as part of “a great advert for Scottish football”, referring to the 2011 League Cup final.

  16. Last call for Billy Bhoy…



    Just your selection needed for a full house for LMS3, week 2…

  17. topkat



    11:42 on 17 January, 2015



    Ohhhh right must have been evacuated through that secret tunnel between Ibrox and the new Helipad at the Southern

  18. Neganon2,


    They may very well ask her, but seeing as she was so critical of our support, would you not expect some comment on last night,

  19. ** URGENT _ LMS3 **



    9 folk had chosen Dundee United but the game’s been called off. Email sent to those affected but if you know it’s you send your alternative pick in to cqnpredictor@gmail.com



    Remaining fixtures to pick from are –


    Hamilton v Celtic (12.45)


    Aberdeen v Dundee


    Motherwell v Kilmarnock


    Ross County v St Mirren


    St Johnstone v Partick Thistle


    QPR v Manchester United


    Swansea v Chelsea


    Newcastle v Southampton


    Manchester City v Arsenal (Sunday 4.00pm)

  20. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on



    11:50 on


    17 January, 2015





    11:42 on 17 January, 2015



    Ohhhh right must have been evacuated through that secret tunnel between Ibrox and the new Helipad at the Southern




    There are secret connections between ibrox and the Southern,


    if you get my meaning.

  21. NegAnon2



    “ah but what is the difference between those who run the Hun and those who run Celtic? ”






    We know who runs our club.





    Maybe worthwhile giving Budge some time to respond ? If I remember rightly It was a few days after she commented on the Celtic support.



    Incidentally, she commented on vandalism, graffiti at Tynecastle didn’t she ?


    For those who attend matches at Celtic park, you’ll have noticed that graffiti appearing too.


    Our own stadium.

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




    Motherwell game is also off.