January signing outlines Celtic’s next target

Gary Mackay-Steven is keen to see Celtic enjoy a strong end to the season.

The winger told the Celtic View what the Bhoys are keen to achieve in the coming weeks.

“We want to get the gap between ourselves and second place a little bit bigger and we can do that by doing things right in the league,” the former Dundee United man said. “The games are coming thick and fast again and we need to be at it but I’m sure we will be and our next goal is to solidify first place in the league and win the cup games.”

The Bhoys currently sit first in the Scottish Premiership table and have created a five-point gap over close rivals Aberdeen, with one game in hand. Although too early to say it for certain, the form Ronny Deila’s men have shown in recent weeks suggests that they will wrap up the league title - with all of their remaining games against beatable opposition.

Having arrived from Dundee United in the January transfer window, along with Stuart Armstrong, Mackay-Steven has traded fighting for European football for fighting for the title, and although he was not able to play in the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup due to being cup tied, he is seemingly sure to end his debut half-season with one trophy to his name.

His aim to see the Bhoys open the gap between themselves and second place following the international break should be an easy task, with games against bottom of the table St Mirren and ninth-placed Partick Thistle coming up. Deila should be able to lead his team to victory in both games, opening up the lead at the top of the table and all-but securing the second piece of domestic silverware of the season.

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