In Focus: Mackay-Steven hasn’t met standards Celtic need to progress

As reported by The Scotsman, Aberdeen are looking to complete a deal to bring Celtic’s Gary Mackay-Steven to Pittodrie this summer.

What’s the story?

After such a successful season last term, Brendan Rodgers doesn’t need to do much tweaking to his Hoops squad this summer. However, deals will be made for players coming in and going out of the club, with some players just not up to the standards the Celtic boss set.

One player that could be leaving Celtic Park this summer is winger Gary Mackay-Steven. The Scotsman report that Aberdeen are interested in signing him.

However, any deal will have to be a permanent one due to the Dons already having Ryan Christie on loan and rules in Scotland forbid more than one player to be loaned to another club in the same division.

Is his time at Celtic up?

While the likes of Callum McGregor and his former Dundee United teammate Stuart Armstrong have taken a big step up in their Celtic careers from the Ronny Deila era, Mackay-Steven has failed to do that.

He hasn’t had loads of opportunities under Brendan Rodgers, making just a handful of appearances last season, but when he did play he didn’t exactly inspire much confidence. Celtic will be looking for more quality in the wide areas if they are to compete adequately in Europe.

However, a fresh start at Aberdeen wouldn’t be the worst thing for him. He’s a good Scottish Premiership player on his day and after losing Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes this summer, the Dons need fresh talent in their positions.

Rated at £640,000 by Transfermarkt, he’s also a player that could be in reach of Aberdeen, if Celtic are willing to sell.