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30th Aug, 2016 | 12:36pm

Celtic winger will fight for first-team place as deal falls through - report

By Will Butcher

Celtic attacker Gary Mackay-Steven is set to stay at Parkhead after a return to Dundee United fell through, according to a report.

The 25-year-old forward signed for the Hoops from the Tangerines in January 2015, but has rejected a move back to Tannadice Park as he looks to fight for a place at Celtic Park.

The Courier claims that the Scotland international has rejected a move, but has his work cut out as he tries to push the likes of Patrick Roberts, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest out of Brendan Rodgers’ plans.

The Evening Times reported earlier in August that the Scottish Championship club were keen on signing Mackay-Steven.

The versatile midfielder has three years left on his Parkhead deal, but appears to be surplus to requirements under Rodgers despite making 37 appearances for the Hoops last term.

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The one-time Scotland international played for Liverpool at youth-team level from 2007 to 2009 and graduated from their academy before joining Fulham, and arrived at Celtic in 2015 from Dundee for an undisclosed fee.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers has been busy revamping his inherited squad this summer, bringing in five new players with more potentially on the horizon.

The Hoops have signed teenagers Moussa Dembele and Kristoffer Ajer, along with experienced duo Dorus de Vries and Kolo Toure. Scott Sinclair has become a fan favourite at Celtic Park already, scoring four goals following his move from Aston Villa.

In other Celtic transfer news, this defender could be about to leave the Hoops for Serie A side Torino.