Gary Mackay-Steven says he's ready for vital Champions League clash

The 24-year-old is feeling good after three pre-season friendlies.

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven says he is feeling good going into next week's Champions League qualifier against Stjarnan, according to the Sunday Express.

Indeed, the Bhoys wide man is happy to have come out of three pre-season friendlies already with the Scottish champions and believes Ronny Deila's side are much sharper having played them.

Celtic face Icelandic outfit Stjarnan next Wednesday night in their opening European qualifier of the campaign.

The 24-year-old is quoted as saying by the Express: "Friday night was another tough opponent but we are definitely feeling fitter and sharper. It was a good test for us.

"We have been working on a few things in training and have definitely had good work-outs in the three pre-season games. So I’m sure we will be ready for Wednesday.

"It’s looking good and looking ahead to Wednesday. I’m excited. I came back to pre-season with no injuries, so I’m happy and looking forward to the season. I’m feeling good."

Solid build-up

During Celtic's three friendlies so far, Ronny Deila has had the chance to use a variety of different players and get his squad fitter - just as any coach would like in pre-season.

Lessons have been learned from all three, with some bad individual performances to be expected during friendlies - and naturally written off.

Against Den Bosch, Celtic produced a strong display, with Tom Rogic proving a particular surprise package. Things were less impressive against Dukla Prague but the Bhoys were back to basics as they beat Real Sociedad on Friday night.

They should be ready enough for their Champions League qualifying opener.

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