Pat Bonner: Celtic attacker needs do more of this
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic great Pat Bonner has claimed that attacker Gary Mackay-Steven must start demanding the ball more.
The 26-year-old winger played on the right of an attacking midfield three on Wednesday evening as the Hoops ran out an emphatic 4-0 victory over Inverness.
Goals from Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong alongside a Moussa Dembele double ensured their side picked up all three points, but it was Mackay-Steven’s display that caught the attention of Bonner.
The Scotland international spent 69 minutes out on the pitch before being brought off for Callum McGregor and Bonner felt that the majority of Celtic’s attacks were coming down the opposite side of the pitch to where Mackay-Steven was playing.
“Everything has come down the left-hand side for Celtic so far,” told Bonner to the BBC Match blog (8.04pm)
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“I would like to see Gary Mackay-Steven demanding the ball a bit more. He is almost playing like an inside forward on the right but he needs to hug the touchline.”
Mackay-Steven joined Celtic from Dundee in the 2015 winter window for a fee of £250,000.
He has since played in 60 encounters for the Scottish giants, returning with 10 goals and 11 assists.
The player has had his match time severely limited under summer appointment Brendan Roders, playing just nine times in all competitions this campaign.
However, he will be hoping that his performance against Inverness has not ruined his chances of any future opportunities as Celtic aim to complete the entire season unbeaten.
In other Celtic news, Stuart Armstrong has revealed that this Hoops 25-year-old is the fastest to leave training.