By Wayne Veysey

12th Aug, 2016 | 8:59am

Liverpool academy graduate poised for Celtic loan move - report

By Tom Blackburn

Celtic wide man Gary Mackay-Steven is poised for a loan move to Ross County, according to a report.

The Evening Times reported last week that Scottish Championship club Dundee United are keen on signing Mackay-Steven, 25.

However, the Mail Online now claim Mackay-Steven is set to join Ross County, the club where he started his career.

Versatile midfielder Mackay-Steven has three years left on his Parkhead deal, and appears to be surplus to requirements under Rodgers despite making 37 appearances for the Hoops last term.

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 2014 from Dundee for an undisclosed fee.

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Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers considers the likes of James Forrest, Kris Commons, Patrick Roberts and recent signing Scott Sinclair above Mackay-Steven in the Celtic pecking order.

The Glasgow giants confirmed the signing of Sinclair on their official website on Sunday morning as the player joined on a four-year deal, much to the delight of supporters on Twitter.

The winger came off the bench for Celtic the same day in the 61st minute with the score at 1-1, and in the 81st minute he scored to send Hoops fans home jubilant.

He is one of four new signings for the Glasgow giants, with Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure and Kristoffer Ajer also making the move to Parkhead.

The Hoops are hoping to win their sixth successive league title, but face stiff competition this year with Rangers returning.

Their Old Firm rivals could only draw 1-1 in their Premiership opener against Hamilton, meaning Celtics open an early league gap.

In other Celtic transfer news, they will finalise a £4.5million international transfer next week.