Celtic star Gary Mackay-Steven has admitted in the Scotsman that he’s not got any summer holidays planned as he hopes to make the Scottish national squad in June.
He was recently overlooked by Gordon Strachan for the current international break, which surprised many fans, but he’s explained he’ll look to use it to his advantage ahead of another round of fixtures at the end of the season.
“If anything, that [being omitted] just gives me added motivation to work really hard and be consistent and, hopefully, get in the Scotland squad in the future,” he said.
“I’ve not booked any holidays yet but anything like that (an international call up) will come if I keep doing well here.”
What Celtic boss Ronny Deila will be most pleased about is that his player doesn’t appear to be affected by missing out on the latest squad.
GMS has had a decent impact with the Bhoys since moving from Dundee United last winter and if he can be consistent over the rest of the season, it will definitely help his team’s treble chances.
Deila can play on the fact he could be playing with a point to prove to Strachan and any fan why feels he should have been called up for the current break.
He can book a summer holiday after a silverware laced season with Celtic and hopefully with a call up to the Scotland team as justification for his form and impact at his new club.
The pressure and level of expectation is significantly higher at Celtic and he seems to have grown used to it already. Long may his good form continue.