Celtic are weighing up a potential move for ex Everton and Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy, according to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The Republic of Ireland international is available on a free transfer and Nixon claims that the player’s name is currently under discussion:
McCarthy is free … and deffo being discussed… https://t.co/D9YsRVSxET
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 1, 2021
Supporters on Twitter are very much in favour of bringing McCarthy in, with many believing that the Scottish club need to strengthen their options in the middle of the park:
It’s a no brainer. Get him signed. What’s to contemplate?
— Ped Postecoglou#herefor10inarow (@petermacdonald5) August 1, 2021
I’d be happy with that. We’re lacking in that position and he’s less risk than signing another prospect. Be option to have that’s for sure.
— Jock (@Jocksbhoys) August 1, 2021
Wouldn’t mind tbh
— ciaran (@CiaranHamilton0) August 1, 2021
— Peter Leitch (@Ped1983) August 1, 2021
Better than soro
— callum???? (@ILoveRicky10) August 1, 2021
Get it done Celtic need experience players in to help calmac if he gets injured he are finished.
— John Cairnie (@6Cairnie) August 1, 2021
— Declan Blair (@DeclanBlair1967) August 1, 2021
Worth a punt
— Joe Brown (@Jaybee1919) August 1, 2021
It is fair to say that McCarthy didn’t pull up any trees when playing for Palace last season. The 30-year-old made 17 appearances in all competitions without scoring a goal or contributing any assists.
If he does move to Celtic Park, it will be hoped that a long run in the first team will help the Irishman rediscover his best form. With talisman Scott Brown having departed the club, manager Ange Postecogolou desperately needs someone who can control the game in midfield, and McCarthy could well be that man.