Report: Celtic line up pre-contract agreement swoop for Gary Mackay-Steven

Dundee United Tannadice

Reports suggest that Celtic are looking to wrap up a deal for Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven.

According to the BBC, Celtic are in the race to sign Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven, and want him to sign a pre-contract agreement with the club.

The Bhoys haven't had consistent wing play this season, with Derk Boerrigter and Mubarak Wakaso both struggling with injuries throughout the campaign to date

It would therefore be little surprise to see manager Ronny Deila bring in another wide man during this month's transfer window.

Mackay-Steven, 24, figures to be their top target per the report from BBC, having really emerged during his time at Tannadice with Dundee United.

The former Liverpool and Fulham youngster made little impact in England, but has really kicked on back in Scotland, first with Airdrie United and now Dundee United.

A move to Celtic is usually the natural progression for top players in the Scottish Premiership, but the Bhoys far from have this one wrapped up.

Mackay-Steven continues to attract interest from teams south of the border, with Sheffield United reportedly having an £80,000 bid rejected today, as mentioned in the BBC report.

They also mention interest from Championship sides such as Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers, meaning that Celtic need to move quickly in order to tie up his signature.

They allegedly want him to sign a pre-contract agreement, meaning that he would only join the club on a free transfer in the summer, allowing him to continue with Dundee United until the end of the season.

It's now up to Mackay-Steven; agree what Celtic are offering or hold out for a move to England this month. It should prove to be an interesting situation as the one-cap Scottish international makes his mind up.

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