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Gary Mackay-Steven has emphasised the psychological effect that a Bhoys win on Friday would have on their title opponents.

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has suggested to the Scottish Sun that winning a Friday night game is better than picking up three points on a Saturday because of the psychological impact it has on other teams.

The Bhoys travel to Hamilton Academical on Friday to kick off the Scottish Premier League weekend, with the chance to temporarily move nine points clear of nearest rivals Aberdeen with a victory.

The 25-year-old admits that he loves playing under the floodlights and was keen to point out the particular advantages of playing before any other fixtures have taken place.

The former Dundee United man told the Scottish Sun: "If I had the choice, I would always play on a Friday night. I’m a big fan of it. I enjoy playing under the floodlights at any time. People enjoy it and then they have the rest of their weekend to look forward to.

"Another positive is that if you get a victory on the Friday, you can sit back and wait for the other results. It can be a bit of a psychological factor.

"When another team is playing on the Friday before you, you’re certainly aware of their result. So maybe it has an effect."

Celtic look odds-on to win a 47th SPL title this season, sitting six points clear of the Dons with less than three months of the season remaining.

Mackay-Steven's side have been in imperious form this season, losing just three of their 26 league matches and scoring 69 goals in that time.

Two of those three defeats have come away at Aberdeen, but they can increase the pressure on their only competitors for the title by increasing their advantage at the top of the table with a win at Hamilton.

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