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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. pogmathonyahun aka laird of the smiles

     

     

    15:43 on 16 January, 2015I don’t think a banner with ‘Je suis Charlie’ would be too popular a the Bigot Dome ;-)

     

     

    the GB have their banner for Hampden…

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

    edward marshall-hall

     

     

    15:33 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

    Test

     

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    Failed, again

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    THOMTHETHIM

     

     

    I agree 100% with your opinion on that. Free speech certainly carries the responsibility to use it properly.

     

     

    As does the right to be offended by it.

     

     

    The problem is that while we certainly cannot have a free-for-all on free speech,neither can we have it on the right to be offended.

     

     

    Sadly,we do. And have done for quite some time now. We see it on here,the easily offended,canny say that brigade.

     

     

    Here,it is harmless. When people like that are given a public voice,it becomes strident,we give in to shut them up,it becomes the norm.

     

     

    Then a law is passed.

     

     

    I know when I have crossed the line,it’s when I apologise. Most people are the same. But we should not be struck to silence because someone disagrees with our opinions.

     

     

    By doing so,they are not preventing offence,they are denying free speech.

  4. thomthethim/ Mutiononbeams WD,

     

     

    The Scots blasphemy law was repealed too. Don’t think there had been a prosecution here in about 100 years anyway.

     

     

    Blasphemy laws are basically incompatible with the notion of free speech. Religions shouldn’t have any special protection in law – their ideas should be as open to question, challenge and ridicule as political or any others beliefs.

     

     

    I would also argue that the notion of blasphemy is incomparable with freedom of religion – beliefs often contradict each other and so expressing belief in one religion could be blasphemous to followers of another.

  5. A non football related post..

     

     

    I just got a bill in from BT for £95, I just have a landline and Internet with them, they said I had went over my internet usage, I was on the understanding it was unlimited…robbing bassas.

     

     

    With my sky coming in at £105 I decided to phone Virgin.

     

     

    I’m quids in now, I dropped the movie channel and will just have 3 boxes…£82.49, plus a fiver off my bhoys mobile phone bill.

  6. lawwellsacountant on

    Something fishy going on at ipox tonight , nothing new. their has been fishy going on at that dump for over 140 years.

     

    As for GMS why won,t pirate pete sanction the paltry amount the arabs wan,t,seem like gms is part of next seasons downsizing, no fee cheap wages all part of preserving pete,s bonus.As for Forrest leaving unless his contract is about to expire(then we should be getting a new one ready),he has to stay,far better player than GMS,

  7. Blind man walking past Ibrox – “morning ladies”

     

     

    Have we put a ceiling on our bid for young Max Headroom?

  8. Craigellachie10 on

    Considering that United were asked to pay £200 k for an out of contract youth player from Sevco, it isn’t surprising that they feel that something similar is the least they could expect for GMS.

  9. weebobbycollins on

    Apparently, instead of The Sash, the huns tonight are going to sing Salmon Enchanted Evening…

  10. craigellachie10

     

     

    16:20 on 16 January, 2015Considering that United were asked to pay £200 k for an out of contract youth player from Sevco, it isn’t surprising that they feel that something similar is the least they could expect for GMS

     

     

    That fee for Telfer will be a record for many years to come….

  11. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    lawwellsacountant

     

     

    16:21 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

    Pathetic cretin ……I trust that vile post will be deleted, Paul67, since children come onto CQN

  12. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    BMcuwp, MWD, Gordon, et al,

     

     

    I think it boils down to the concept of respect.

     

     

    Questioning one’s and perhaps others beliefs, if it any of our business, is, I think acceptable.

     

     

    Ridicule, apart from Sevco, is not.

     

    It can be construed as a form of bullying, as has been witnessed on here.

     

    anyway, sorry to go off topic.

     

     

    Embody having fish for tea tonight?

     

    Or is that a Kafflik, thing? : > )

  13. lawwellsacountant

     

     

    16:21 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

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    Lithium, dickhead – take your lithium.

  14. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    lawwellsacountant

     

     

    16:21 on 16 January, 2015

     

     

    It’s vile cretins like you that have the World in the state it is today …… No morals / responsibility or common courtesy ……

  15. Lawwellsaccountant @ 16.21

     

     

    If this post is is not deleted and this person warned, it is the end of Celtic Quick News for me.

     

    Over to you PAUL67!

  16. lawwellsacountant on

    NOT AS VILE AS PARENT SCHOOLS GOV,TS AND CHURCHES ETC BRAINWASHING KIDS WITH LIES,RELIGION LIKE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO SHOULD BE BANNED TILL YOUR 18 YRS OLD

  17. bRoe,bRoe,bRoe,,,,,bRoe the boat ashore

     

    merrily merrily merrily

     

    against the rocks we bRoe

     

     

    braw

  18. lawwellsacountant

     

     

    ????????????????????????????????????????

     

     

    A disgrace to all things Celtic

  19. Magnificentseven on

    I was having quite an enjoyable lurk, why is this guy still allowed to post? It’s not exactly a first offence

  20. Lawwell.. your coming across as very angry mate

     

    best naw posting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    H.H.

  21. Just my luck to come on to the blog at this time.

     

    Paul67. If someone came into your home and voiced their opinion in that manner you would ask them to leave.Over to you.

  22. The Pantaloon Duck on

    Bhoylo83

     

    16:26 on

     

    16 January, 2015

     

    *sigh*

     

     

    It was good craic on the blog today as well…

     

     

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    My thoughts precisely…

  23. pedrocaravanachio67

     

     

    15:21 on 16 January, 2015

     

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

     

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    Mcgills McGills !!!

     

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    EXCELLENT

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