Mackay-Steven comments on improvement under Deila despite only signing in January

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Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven believe he has already improved after his January move to the club.

Gary Mackay-Steven scored against his former club Dundee United on Saturday, and the winger spoke to the Celtic official website today about his improvement at Celtic Park.

Mackay-Steven, 24, initially signed a pre-contract agreement in January to join Celtic this summer, but the Bhoys managed to bring the deal forward to deadline day, meaning he was able to play the remainder of the season for Celtic.

So far, it looks like an inspired move by manager Ronny Deila, with the former Liverpool trainee bagging three goals in just seven games for Celtic.

His third goal for the club arrived on Saturday, as he scored the opener in Celtic's 3-0 win over his former club Dundee United, as Mackay-Steven once again proved why Deila was so desperate to bring him to Glasgow.

However, his exploits for Celtic haven't resulted in a call-up to the Scotland squad to face Gibraltar and Northern Ireland, with manager Gordon Strachan looking in other directions.

It was something of a surprise to see Mackay-Steven left out considering his fine recent form, but the wide man told the Celtic official website that he still feels like he has improved as a player under Deila - despite arriving only two months ago!

"You can always improve and the last six weeks have gone quite well. I feel part of the team here now and I’m getting into what the manager wants to do, so I feel as if I have improved a lot of aspects of my game," said Mackay-Steven. "I’ve always had belief in my own ability and I just wanted to come here and show that. Hopefully I'm doing that."

At just 24, Mackay-Steven still has plenty of room to grow, and Celtic fans will be hoping that his improvement continues not only this season, but also in years to come after a superb start to life in green and white.

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