Celtic star Gary Mackay-Steven has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times what he noticed in his first week at the club.
The 24-year-old midfielder linked up with the Bhoys during the January transfer window, signing a deal from Dundee United.
He’s made a decent start to life under Ronny Deila and will be looking to retain his place in the side over the rest of the season in a very competitive environment.
“Since my first week of training here, I have realised the stature of the club, and that the quality of player that is here is very high,” said GMS.
“I knew it would take a lot of hard work on the training ground to, first and foremost, get in the starting XI.”
Celtic is a massive club and it’s understandable why a new player coming into the side might struggle to settle down.
The quality of the squad provides a positive for the manager because he has different options and a positive for the players, because in the process of competing against each other, they will get better and improve.
The common sense way Mackay-Steven can look at keeping his place in the side over the rest of the season is to get his head down and work hard on the training field.
He should be determined to maintain the decent start he’s had at Parkhead because if he takes his eye off the ball, his manager won’t hesitate to nip him out of the side in a heartbeat and replace him with someone else.
Fingers crossed he can cash in against St Johnstone this evening and make the most of his next opportunity to make an impression.