Mackay-Steven says this after earning regular place in Celtic side

Gary Mackay-Steven hasn't always been in the Celtic starting lineup this season, but he's enjoying his current run in the Bhoys side.


Celtic midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven has admitted to the club's official website that he is enjoying his run in the starting lineup.


The 25-year-old has made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Glasgow giants this season, but he hasn't always found himself in favour under Ronny Deila.


During October and November, Mackay-Steven made just two starts and six substitute appearances for the Scottish Premiership side, while in December, he was an unused substitute twice before finally getting some minutes under his belt on December 27 - again from the bench.


However, since the middle of January, the former Dundee United man has made 10 starts in all competitions and he has acknowledged that it has resulted in him finding more consistency on the pitch.


He said: "You really get into your stride when you get a run in the team and get your match fitness up and start feeling good about yourself. I’ve done that and I’m looking forward to the coming games.

“We’ve got a big squad here so any chances you get you need to impress. Luckily I’ve done that so it’s just about keeping it going.

“We all get on with each other so training is enjoyable. Everyone is vying for 11 spots so it’s not easy but once you’re in there you need to enjoy it and play your own game and look to impress."

During his spell in the first team, Mackay-Steven has found the back on five occasions, including goals in recent victories over Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Greenock Morton.

He will be hoping to find a sixth goal when Celtic travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday for what will be their final league fixture before the international break.

Three points at Rugby Park will ensure that Celtic remain ahead of title rivals Aberdeen, who currently sit one point adrift having played one more game than the Hoops.

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