Celtic fans react on Twitter after Gary Mackay-Steven's Aberdeen hat-trick

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic walks off dejected after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Gary Mackay-Steven failed to win over Brendan Rodgers at Celtic - but was on fire as Aberdeen thrashed Hibernian 4-1 at Pittodrie.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic walks off dejected after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Brendan Rodgers will have better weekends. Not only did his Celtic side suffer a humiliating 4-0 thrashing at Hearts, bringing a brutal end to their 69 game unbeaten run on Scottish soil, a player Rodgers let go produced one of the finest individual displays of the season 24 hours before.

Gary Mackay-Steven’s natural ability has never been in question but it’s the consistency that he has been lacking. Though his dazzling performance in Aberdeen’s 4-1 thrashing of Hibernian on Saturday showed just what the fleet-footed wideman can do when he’s at his best.

Gary Mackay-Steven of Celtic is tackled by Steven Lawless of Patrick Thistle during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Patrick Thistle FC and Celtic FC at Firhill Stadium on...

Making his first start in almost a month, Mackay-Steven hit a stunning hat-trick in his best performance in an Aberdeen shirt so far. The third goal, curled beautifully into the far corner after an exquisite build-up, was a reminder why the former Dundee United starlet is one of the most gifted footballers in Scotland right now.

In the eyes of Celtic fans, however, there remains a nagging frustration that Mackay-Steven did not produce these moments of magic on a regular basis in green and white.

Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven attends a training session ahead of their Champions League match against Barcelona in Glasgow on November 22, 2016.

The 27-year-old made just eight appearances in the league for Celtic last season with Rodgers clearly not a fan – before letting him leave for The Dons in the summer.

And with the gap at the top down to just two points, Celtic may be fearful that Mackay-Steven could come back to haunt them.

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