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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. Fri 16th Jan 2015

     

    Gary MacKay-Steven

     

    Dundee United record v Celtic

     

    14 games

     

    11 starts

     

    03 sub

     

    08 subbed

     

    02 goals

     

    01 win

     

    02 draws

     

    11 lost

     

    hail hail

  2. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers

     

     

    14:27 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

    Poor wee soul…..I also had Chickenpox when I was wee…..apparently the shingles virus then lies dormant and they don’t know what activates it…….HH

  3. judester

     

     

     

    14:54 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

     

    NatKnow

     

    14:39

     

    Ryanair advertise one.Just dont tell you about the ferry fae Malta

     

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    Haha! I got a Ryanair flight to Germany once. Was actually closer to Holland. Took hours on the bus to get to the advertised city. Vowed never again…!

  4. orange&blue92

     

    WATP WWTC

     

     

    True Blue

     

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    Posted 13 January 2015 – 04:37 PM

     

    I got my first season ticket in division 3, and have only missed about five home games, due to work. Can’t take the rangers out me.

     

     

     

    How about the “Piss”then?.

  5. davidopoulos

     

     

    14:53 on 16 January, 2015!!Bada Bing!!14:50 on 16 January, 2015Wonder what Steve Guppy is up to these days?————————————————————Wooden outbuildings or something like that – a business with his brother.I may or may not have just imagined all of this in an elaborate dream…

     

     

     

    You had better be right my friend,or i will send Paulie round and you will be swimming with the fishes…..:)

  6. South Of Tunis on

    3 airports in Sicily

     

     

    Comiso ( Crying Air from Stansted)

     

    Palermo ( Easy Jet from Gatwick

     

    Catania ( BA from Gatwick )

     

    Aer Lingus do Dublin – Catania ( summer only )

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

    thomthethim for oscar ok

     

     

    14:53 on 16 January, 2015

     

    Congrats to James Forrest for his Long Spoon article.

     

    A must, must read for all fans of all clubs.

     

     

    It targets where all the anger and focus should be directed……Hampden.

     

     

    I contend that the state of the game is bigger than individual club interests, as there is absolutely no pride in our game if we accept the corruption and incompetence of those charged with governing it.

     

     

    James’ article is what he has been building up to since he first held a crayon.

     

    Well done.

     

    >>>>

     

    My friend, Shieldmuircelt, has been pointing the finger at Hampden from the outset, even on here …… The truth will always ‘out’.

  8. the battered bunnet @14:40

     

     

     

    If this happens, some seen to think there’ll be (2000) leagues (under the Sea) reconstruction.

     

     

    Too far??

  9. Talked to a few friends Dundee United STs….very disappointed as they GMS is the most natural talent they have had in years..great Bhoy by their account…they wish him gone now and some other youngster to get his chance.

     

     

    Will GMS sign early and start to play for us in January….”Don’t tell him Pike!”

     

     

    Kikinthenakas

  10. A man dressed as a large red crayon is seen to look on during the disturbance.

     

     

    The trial continues.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Estadio

  11. !!Bada Bing!!

     

     

     

    14:58 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

     

    davidopoulos

     

     

    14:53 on 16 January, 2015!!Bada Bing!!14:50 on 16 January, 2015Wonder what Steve Guppy is up to these days?————————————————————Wooden outbuildings or something like that – a business with his brother.I may or may not have just imagined all of this in an elaborate dream…

     

     

    You had better be right my friend,or i will send Paulie round and you will be swimming with the fishes…..:)

     

     

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    After conducting one of the strangest and most pointless Google searches of my life, I realised that it was Garry Flitcroft (yeah that plank) who now runs a timber frame house building company, not Steve Guppy…

     

     

    I expect Paulie imminently…

  12. Naebody’s telling me nothing in this plaice

     

     

    What’s wi the feesh?

     

     

    Thought they had settled on mcgills bus bothering?

  13. South Of Tunis

     

     

     

    14:59 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

     

    3 airports in Sicily

     

     

    Comiso ( Crying Air from Stansted)

     

    Palermo ( Easy Jet from Gatwick

     

    Catania ( BA from Gatwick )

     

    Aer Lingus do Dublin – Catania ( summer only )

     

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    Cheers SoT – looks like a stopover in London would best suit me

  14. South Of Tunis on

    Fly to Malta with Crying Air and then a 90 minute ferry to Pozzallo .Timetable might require a night in Malta Cheapy jet flights to Sicily tend to be early or late .BA costs more but is much less stressful etc.

  15. mike in toronto on

    Tricoloured Ribbon @ 14:11

     

     

    Good video. Thanks for posting that.

     

     

    Watching over here, I haven’t seen enough of GMS (usually only when he plays Celtic). If that video is anything to go by, he looks like the sort of player that puts bums in seats, and the sort that Celtic fans usually appreciate. Also, he doesn’t look afraid to take his man on… which is something we have been needing for a while.

     

     

    JungleJim@14:27

     

     

    I dont see it as a question of ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ as such. In my opinion, what CQN is supposed to be about, and what all Celtic fans should be about, is the truth…. both good (so that we can appreciate what we have) and the bad (so that we can improve on where we – as a team and as a club – are weak).

  16. mike in toronto on

    kdc

     

     

    As I understand it, some zombears who are upset with Ashley wanting security over Ibrokes came up with the idea of causing him problems by going into his stores, trying on things, but not buying anything. One of them then came up with the idea of causing him grief by sneaking a dead stinky fish into the store and leaving it there to stink up the plaice. .

  17. Whats the young lad connolly who plays for dundee utd like ?

     

     

     

    Saw him play last 20mins couple of weeks ago and looks good player.

  18. KingKirk

     

    Ally McCoist

     

     

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    Posted Yesterday, 11:31 PM

     

    I have a brick at Ibrox what happens to that brick should MA get Ibrox.

     

     

     

    Ha ha ha ha ha,oh my aching sides.

  19. mike in toronto on

    kdc

     

     

    1. What about the ‘plaice’ bit, eh? I was quite pleased with that one.

     

     

    2. I am half expecting the Godfather (a poster on RM … I’m not joking … that is his name – did no one tell him those guys are italian-fenian b’s?) to suggest they put a fish head in Ashley’s bed.

  20. pedrocaravanachio67 on

    What did the fish shout when it got trapped in the bus doors?

     

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    Mcgills McGills !!!

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    Off topic, and a little close to the bone perhaps but…

     

     

    …I see the current edition of Charlie Hebdo is available in English and for sale via high street newsagents.

     

     

    Is it an offence in Scotland to be in possession of the magazine at a football match?

  22. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    proudbhoy

     

     

    15:13 on 16 January, 2015

     

    Whats the young lad connolly who plays for dundee utd like ?

     

     

    Saw him play last 20mins couple of weeks ago and looks good player.

     

     

    *****

     

    Isn’t he the son of Paddy Connolly, who played for, I think, St.Johnstone, a few years ago.