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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. pod i

     

     

    12:01 on 17 January, 2015

     

    Any reason why 12:45 kick off?

     

     

    Sky decide kick off time

  2. KC and LH deservedly retain their places after the Kilmarnock game.

     

     

    LG almost saved a point at Tannadice when he came on late, so let’s hope all 3 can carry some form into today’s match, with able support around them.

  3. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Me and Dad just heading off to the game :D

     

    Prediction:

     

     

    Hamilton 3-6 Celtic

  4. Ghordybhoy well if she was going to be consistent then yes I would expect her to speak. But you live in Scotland……….

  5. Didn’t realise it was on live. Makes sense now.

     

     

    James Forrest, excellent article, deserves a wider audience my friend.

     

     

    P

  6. Sandman I was merely responding to auldheids call for celtic to make a state,net on safety of celtic supporters following last nights debacle.

  7. voguepunter

     

     

    11:33 on 17 January, 2015

     

    jamesgang

     

     

    You mean to tell me …taxi from Queen st to there….time waster.

     

     

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    Never have. Never will. Unless it’s you in the ‘chopper taxi’!!!

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  8. Turkeybhoy that doesn’t mean we don’t hold people to account.

     

     

    Anyway let’s put hostilities aside and hope for a good performance today.

  9. SuperSutton(ThePlayer) on

    Weather is not severe and yet two games are postponed today.

     

     

    SPFL official Twitter said Dundee United game off because of snow. Pictures form Tannadice show a clear pitch, but say the game is off because of frozen parts of the pitch.

     

     

    Small anomaly but surely not difficult to get right.

     

     

    Also, I watched the video :

     

     

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    an tearmann

     

     

    09:41 on 17 January, 2015

     

    Video from Hearts fans at £brokes.

     

     

    https://twitter.com/jamb0skickback/status/556230586453725184

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    Noticed the Hearts fans being pushed back, but no attempt to do likewise to the The Rangers fans.

     

     

     

     

    Like others I have an offer for 3 tickets for the semi final and need to decide what to do. Sons (23 & 19) are adamant they want to go. I’m vey unsure due to safety concerns. I have steadfastly said I won’t go, but if they are going I want to be there to protect them.

  10. Ronny plays chick dung really well on shortbread.

     

     

    Ghuys (n ghals) we need to rally round our young Viking.

     

     

    Cmon the Tic.

     

     

    Love da Hoops!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

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

    First in pub. Now there’s a surprise. Awaiting the CQN clique :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  12. Good to see Denayer back and very pleased to see Henderson keeping his place after a good display at Kilmarnock.

     

     

    Should be a decent game today, both sides passing the ball. we should be too good for Accies and win by a couple of goals

  13. After last night’s fiasco and the behaviour of the Huns, I just knew in my heart that some Celtic supporters would somehow find a way of turning it into being Lawwell’s fault.

     

     

    And here we are on Saturday morning, with a big game to play, and the usual suspects are on slaughtering PL and the club for their silence.

     

     

    So so predictable.

     

     

    I imagine these people would be demanding a statement every time they go for a shite and there’s no bog roll.

  14. VP

     

     

    I’m now awaiting sipsini’s ‘ooh er vicar’ response!

     

     

    CRC

     

     

    A clique of 1! How very discerning you are Sir!

     

     

    Roll n skwer x 2 pour moi.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  15. the glorious balance sheet on

    Chick Young speculating that Celtic are about to receive a massive offer from Arsenal for Virgil van Dijk.

  16. It’s a bit early to be looking for a statement from Mrs Budge. If anything, I would expect Hearts to spend today taking calls and emails from fans who were there before commenting.

  17. topkat

     

    11:03 on

     

    17 January, 2015

     

    This Sunday Herald on the 25th could prove to be a best seller……must be rubbin their hands

     

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    There’s a long time to go before Sunday 25th – article may be ‘pulled’

     

     

    I would not be surpised

  18. the glorious balance sheet on

    Ajax have a scout at the game, hope Boerrigter is working on his wave to the fans from the corner flag, maybe they`ll have him back!

  19. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Do the radio sports pundits ever have anything good to say about Celtic ….. Bless them ….!!!! They really hate the fact that we continue to be Scottish Football’s flagship Club …… and once they get rid of that favoured new Shower of Neanderthals, they will be able to move forward as an association……..

  20. SSB – Fraser Wishart offered the chance to comment on the scenes last night – he says – yes it was bad…BUT – talked about the frustrations of ‘Rangers’ fans as if to excuse – and then spent the rest of the time filibustering about Mike Ashley – a weasel!

     

     

    Keevins to his credit brought the discussion back to the ‘anarchy’

  21. No outright condemnation of the Hun behaviour poor wee souls at the end of their tether, we are being lined up for a media battering at the LC semi.

  22. Tom McLaughlin

     

    12:18 on

     

    17 January, 2015

     

    After last night’s fiasco and the behaviour of the Huns, I just knew in my heart that some Celtic supporters would somehow find a way of turning it into being Lawwell’s fault.

     

     

    And here we are on Saturday morning, with a big game to play, and the usual suspects are on slaughtering PL and the club for their silence.

     

     

    So so predictable.

     

     

    I imagine these people would be demanding a statement every time they go for a shite and there’s no bog roll.

     

     

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    There is a clique of idiots who post here – the reason they post from their ‘bunkers’ is that they are so sad and narrow-minded that no one could stomach a face to face with them.

     

     

    I am Celtic 100% for over 40 years – I have NOTHING in common with them – they are NOT supporters, they are agitators, conspirators, mischief-makers and 100% BORES.

     

     

    We all know who they are – no doubt they will be unable to contain themselves and once again they will call me a hun!!

  23. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Just back from match, thought we put in a good performance today, great to see young Henderson score, he puts himself about and didnt want to come off, if only they all had the same attitude. Onwards and upwards, we’re easily better than the rest and the Treble’s well and truly on . As for the semi final, lets do them on ,and if necessary ,off the pitch.

     

     

    HH