Mackay-Steven only arrived at Parkhead in the January transfer window, and he has told the official Celtic website that playing in Europe was ‘special’ for him.
The attacking midfielder said: “The Inter Milan games, particularly the home game, were great. It was something I always wanted to experience – European nights at Celtic Park – and it lived up to my expectations. It was pretty special. So I want to come back and get European football next season.”
The 24-year-old arrived at Celtic from Dundee United in the January transfer window, and was almost immediately thrown into European action, with two Europa League ties with Inter.
Celtic may have lost over the two legs, but they secured a 3-3 draw at home to the Italian giants, in which Mackay-Steven played the full game.
Over the whole season he made 15 appearances for the Scottish giants, scoring four goals, and won the league title with the Bhoys. He may have missed out on League Cup success due to his ineligibility, but he has a Premiership winners medal, and will be hoping to push the club into the Champions League next season.
Securing passage through the qualification rounds will be a hard task for the Bhoys, but with Mackay-Steven on top form, and the famous European atmosphere back at Parkhead, they should face no trouble in getting to the group stage of Europe’s premier competition.