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Scott Brown reveals which Scottish international he told Celtic boss to sign

Celtic captain Scott Brown says he told Ronny Deila to sign Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown has told the Daily Record that he convinced manager Ronny Deila to land Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven.

Mackay-Steven, 24, has agreed to join Celtic on a free transfer this summer, and having not only played against him in the Scottish Premiership but also played with the winger for Scotland, Brown says he told Deila to make a move to sign the former Liverpool youngster.

"The manager asked me what he was like and what kind of guy he is," said Brown. "He’s quiet and very focused on playing football. To come to a club like Celtic, he’ll know that we want to win things and he’ll want to do that as well."

"If you look at him, he works hard and plays to win. He always demands the ball and at Celtic we will always have a lot of the ball. For him to get somebody one-on-one, you’d fancy him to take anybody."

Mackay-Steven is guaranteed to join Celtic in the summer, but manager Deila is interested in sealing a deal to bring the wide man to Celtic Park this month.

According to the Daily Record last week, Dundee United are believed to be looking for a fee in the region of £250,000 to part with him immediately, meaning they are in no rush to sell one of their star players.

That's no great shock considering that Jackie McNamara's men lie just four points behind Celtic and will still harbour hopes of a shock title win - but they know they're losing the talented winger on a free transfer in just a matter of months, so not all hope is lost of snapping him up now.

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