Speaking to the Daily Record, Mackay-Steven, 24, has praised Ronny Deila’s attitude, seeing him as part of the playing squad rather than as a manager.
“He encourages you to go and speak to him and we have a lot of meetings,” the former Dundee United winger said. “It’s not like he is the gaffer and then you are the boys. We are all as one here.
“Everyone is so comfortable around each other and we have a lot of open dialogue. It’s a great way to be and it’s going to help because knowing exactly what he wants and him knowing how we are feeling at any particular time is a great thing.”
Being just 39-years-old, and a fairly likeable character, Deila hardly comes across as a overlord-esque manager who demands a clear hierarchy from his players, and it appears as if this familiarity is having a great influence on the Bhoys squad.
Considering the youthful basis of the entire squad, Deila comes across as more of a senior mentor, rather than a manager, and there appears to be a real sense of brotherhood forming.
The Norwegian coach only arrived at Parkhead at the start of this campaign, but he seems to have created a lasting bond with many of his players - even the January arrivals of Mackay-Steven and Armstrong - and it could be suggested that his influence is starting to be felt across the whole club.
Due to his youth, and that of the playing squad, there is a sense that Deila is starting a new era for the Bhoys after a rough start to this season. He could end his debut campaign with a treble, and that will go even further to increasing the bond between player and boss.