FORMER Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven enjoyed a winning start to his new career at New York City in the MLS when he helped the club to a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

The Scotland international, who has also played for Ross County, Dundee United and Aberdeen, made a 70th-minute appearance from the substitutes’ bench and set up a goal for Alex King in the convincing victory over ex-Tannadice team-mate Johnny Russell’s team.

Mackay-Steven, speaking in the Scottish Sun, said: “Making your home debut is special and I’m delighted to be part of this team.

“It’s funny how football works. I’m great friends with Johnny and have been for years. I used to play alongside him at United and it’s great to see him do so well for Kansas City.

“It was a pleasure catching up with him and it was also great to start my New York career with a win.”

Mackay-Steven joined the Hoops in January 2015 in a double deal with Stuart Armstrong from United worth £2million with the midfielder rated in the £1.7million bracket.

However, GMS failed to spark in Ronny Deila’s set-up and Brendan Rodgers allowed him to move to the Dons two years later. He made only 46 appearances and claimed eight goals at the champions.

STRAHINJA PAVLOVIC, Partizan Belgrade’s 18-year-old centre-back, has admitted he is flattered at being linked with Celtic.

The Serbian wonderboy, linked with a £4.5million move to Juventus last season after making his first team debut in February, was watched by Hoops boss Neil Lennon during his side’s 1-0 win in the Europa League qualifier against Connah’s Quay Nomads in Rhyl on Thursday.

Pavlovic, according to a report in the Daily Record, said: “I was flattered when I heard about Celtic watching me in Wales. But for me I have to only concentrate on my immediate future and that’s at Partizan.

“I’ve got to think I will be at this club for a long time. I can’t afford to get caught up in speculation before the next transfer window.

“My favourite clubs in Europe are Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United. My ambition is to play for one of those teams one day.”

ANDREW DALLAS has quit Rangers to agree a two-year deal with Cambridge United.

The 20-year-old striker had been on a two-week trial with the League Two club after spending the second part of last season on loan at Morton where he failed to score in 12 appearances.

Former Scotland international Colin Calderwood, who has bossed at Hibs as well as Cambridge United, was impressed and snapped up the Ibrox kid who had been tipped for a huge future by ex-gaffer Mark Warburton.

RYAN FRASER, the Scotland international winger, is unlikely to leave Bournemouth – and that will cost Aberdeen something in the region of £6million.

The pint-sized forward has been linked with a big-money switch from the south coast club, but boss Eddie Howe insisted he is going nowhere before the transfer deadline a week on Thursday.

The Dons have a 20 per cent sell-on clause which was inserted into the player’s contract when he left Pittodrie for then-League One outfit in January 2013 in a £400,000 move.

Fraser, 25, who netted seven goals and made 14 assists last season, is about to be offered a new contract by Howe with his present deal about to expire at the end of the forthcoming season.

LEONARD SOWAH, the former Hearts and Hamilton Accies defender, is on Kilmarnock’s wanted list.

New Rugby Park boss Angelo Alessio, with his side still rocking from their Europa League knock-out from Welsh minnows Connah’s Quay Nomads, is searching for new recruits as he prepares for the Premiership opener against Rangers on Sunday.

The 26-year-old German has been on the look-out for a new club after being released by Hamilton Accies where he played alongside Massimo Donati who in now his fellow-Italian’s No.2 at the Ayrshire outfit.

Killie, who finished third in the Premiership under Steve Clarke, have made just two signings in the summer window, Laurentiu Branescu and Mohamed El Makrini.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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