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Celtic captain Scott Brown tells fans what to expect from Gary Mackay-Steven

Celtic skipper Scott Brown says new signing Gary Mackay-Steven is a 'great' player.

After penning a pre-contract agreement with Celtic, Gary Mackay-Steven has been lauded by club captain Scott Brown in an interview with the Daily Record.

"Gary’s a great player," said Brown. "He came into the Scotland squad and he’s got pace and can beat a man. He’s got a bit of skill as well, which is great, and has a final ball. Any team would be delighted to have him."

Mackay-Steven, 24, has impressed for Dundee United since signing from Airdrie United in 2011, and has now earned his big move to Celtic.

The former Liverpool and Fulham trainee may have struggled to make an impact south of the border, but he's earned a big reputation in Scotland, with his displays at Tannadice earning him a call-up to the Scottish national team in 2013.

The highly-regarded winger will join at the end of the season on a free transfer, but Celtic boss Ronny Deila is interested in snapping him up immediately - and Brown says it doesn't matter when he arrives, because he'll be improving the Celtic side no matter what.

"Whether we get him in January or at the end of the season, he will be boosting our squad," he said.

Dundee United are believed to be looking for a fee in the region of £250,000 in order to sell one of their star players this month, with Jackie McNamara unwilling to let him go on the cheap given that he has side just four points adrift of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table.

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