Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven explains he now knows he’s at a big club

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January signing Gary Mackay-Steven has said he now knows what playing for a big club feels like at Celtic.

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has told the Daily Record about the difference between playing for Celtic and Dundee United.

The most noticeable thing the January signing has observed is a massive increase in attention when he’s out in public places, to the point where one checkout lady offered to put half of his shopping through for free at Tesco’s.

Whilst he’s coming to terms with life as a Celtic player, Mackay-Steven admits that having autograph hunters follow you down every aisle and people checking your trolley is all a part of playing for a club like Celtic.

“On every scale you realise what a massive club Celtic is. Even going to Tesco, it takes more time to get round the aisles for people stopping you.

“I’ve had people looking in my trolley to see what I’m buying to make sure it’s all healthy – but I think my diet’s OK so I got pass marks!

“One time the check-out lady wanted an autograph for her son. She even offered to put through half my shopping without scanning it but I politely said no and gave her the autograph.”

The 24-year-old joked that getting his shopping delivered online might be the best way forward as he continues to make a positive impression on and off the pitch with the Celtic fans.

In his half season with the club he’s scored four goals in 15 appearances and he – along with Stuart Armstrong – were fantastic acquisitions for Ronny Deila’s team in January.

Mackay-Steven turned down opportunities from England to win trophies at Celtic and already has one league winner's medal hanging round his neck, with the strong possibility of winning more next season along with a first taste of Champions League football.

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