By Dominic Toner
Celtic are in talks with Dundee United about sending attacker Gary Mackay-Steven on loan to them, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that the two clubs are in negotiations about the 26-year-old completing a loan deal to the Scottish Championship side.
The report details that Dundee want to land Mackay-Steven until the end of the season, but his wages could be a potential stumbling block.
Mackay-Steven has endured a frustrating season for the Bhoys and has made just four appearances across all competitions.
The left winger has played a bit-part role under Brendan Rodgers and has never really recovered from missing pre-season due to an injury.
He has not featured since in the first-team since 17 December and is unlikely to break into the first-team in the near future.
Mackay-Steven has made 56 appearances since he moved to the Scottish championship in 2015 from Dundee, but could be set for a return to his former club.
He has scored 10 goals and supplied 11 assists for the Bhoys, but he appears to be surplus to requirements under Rodgers’ tenure.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic should send Mackay-Steven out on loan in January and look to sell him on at the end of the season. The 26-year-old has not shown enough qualities to impress Rodgers and it’s hard to see how he could have a long-term future at the club. He could benefit from returning to the familiar surrounding of Dundee and needs to be playing regular football, something that is currently impossible at Celtic. The winger is currently behind the likes of talented players in Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts in the pecking order. He nearly completed a loan switch to Ross County at the beginning of the season and in hindsight that would have been a good move for him.
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