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Celtic: James McCarthy ‘looking to move’

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Celtic midfielder James McCarthy is ‘looking to move’ in this transfer window, according to reputable journalist Fraser Fletcher

The lowdown: Faltering start

Signed as a free agent following the expiry of a contract at Crystal Palace in 2021, McCarthy arrived at Parkhead as a vastly experienced operator having already amassed 439 senior career outings including spells at Hamilton, Everton and Wigan.

However, things haven’t gone to plan for the 31-year-old Glasgow-born Republic of Ireland international after he picked up an injury during pre-season last term and was plagued by issues in his early time with the Hoops, struggling to break into Ange Postecoglou’s immediate plans as a result.

Now, it appears as though the veteran defensive midfielder is already considering his options and a move away from the Scottish champions could be on the horizon…

The latest: ‘I’m told’

Taking to Twitter, Fletcher has claimed that McCarthy has been left ‘disappointed’ by his time under Ange and is ‘looking to move’ this summer.

He stated: “James McCarthy is looking to move after a difficult time at Celtic. I’m told the 31 year old is disappointed with how things have gone and seeking a new challenge for the season . Interest is there and some offers being prepared. McCarthy has contract until 2025 in Glasgow.”

The verdict: One in one out?

Seemingly still in the market for further midfield reinforcements despite the capture of Aaron Mooy and with Matt O’Riley staying put, opportunities for McCarthy could be limited once again in the 2022/23 campaign.

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Last season, the 42-cap tough tackling stalwart – who was hailed by teammate David Turnbull for a ‘brilliant’ display in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen in November 2021 – made just 22 appearances across all competitions for the Bhoys, completing 90 minutes on only three occasions.

Having been omitted from the match-day squad for the opening day Scottish Premiership victory against Aberdeen, the future of the £1.44million valued ace appears to be more uncertain than ever and an exit from Celtic Park could be the best option for all parties.

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