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Mackay-Steven: What I've learnt about the mentality at Celtic

Celtic player Gary Mackay-Steven has explained what he's learned about the club in his short spell at Parkhead.

Celtic player Gary Mackay-Steven has told the Glasgow Evening Times what he’s quickly learned about the mentality at the club.

Mackay-Steven only joined the club last winter (January 16) in a move from Dundee United, but he’s quickly learned to understand the importance of winning in all competitions, with the Bhoys on the constant hunt for silverware.

“Winning trophies is what I've wanted to do. I've got my first one now and I want more next season. The mentality here is that second best is not good enough,” he said.

“You have to win every time you step out onto that pitch. I'm happy to buy into that.”

His comments suggest that Celtic are under immense pressure with every game they play because of the previous standards they have set for themselves.

Manager Ronny Deila has had a good first season in charge and the expectation at Parkhead is no going to be any smaller looking ahead to the next campaign.

Pressure can be damaging for the confidence and belief of players, but Celtic are in a unique position compared with some of their European rivals.

They are without doubt the biggest club in Scotland and have a large squad, which allows them to be competitive in all competitions.

They also enjoy a larger budget in comparison to their main domestic rivals, which is significant because it allows them to invest in good players and compensate when others leave.

Second best is not something that Celtic are used to and it’s not something Deila appears ready to let happen.

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