Celtic wide man Gary Mackay-Steven has told the Herald in Scotland that he sees staying grounded as important for his development at Parkhead.
The midfielder has made a decent impact since he move to the Bhoys last winter from Dundee United and Celtic boss Ronny Deila will want to see more from him over pre-season, heading into the new campaign.
Mackay-Steven has also explained he feels it’s important for him to maintain a good relationship with the club’s fans, who could be one of the main sources of criticism for him next year.
“It's massively important for me to stay grounded. I don't think I can change. I've been grounded since I started in football,” he told the Herald.
“The fans have been nice with me from day one and stuff like over there was a little bit of fun. I'm happy to see their reaction and to engage with them was great.”
“I think it's just a little bit you can give back to people by saying hello and posing for a picture. It's part of the job and I enjoy that side of it.”
Can he become first choice under Deila next season?
There’s no reason Mackay-Steven can’t turn into a very important part of Celtic’s midfield under Ronny Deila.
He’s good on the ball and offers pace down either side of the team and he will improve with a higher ratio of games.
What’s important is that he works very hard on his fitness over the summer because he will experience a higher volume of matches this coming season, which he needs to be ready for.
An example for the rest of the squad
His relaxed mentality and laid back approach to fans is actually quite refreshing and he can be a role model for other players in the Celtic squad.
It can be very easy for a player to detach himself from the relationship with fans but that doesn’t seem like it will be a problem for the wide man.