Kieran Devlin has revealed that Celtic summer signing James McCarthy has been struggling with the intensity of Ange Postecoglou’s Lennoxtown training sessions.
The Lowdown: McCarthy pens four-year deal
Since then, the 30-year-old has made just one Scottish Premiership appearance, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Ross County last weekend.
He’s also featured in the Europa League and the League Cup for Celtic, but it seems as if he isn’t settling into life under Postecoglou as many would’ve hoped.
Will McCarthy be a success at Celtic?
Yes, give him time!
No, got a bad feeling!
The Latest: Devlin’s claim
Devlin was running a Q&A on The Athletic before the Hoops’ Europa League opener against Real Betis.
He was asked who he thought would replace captain Callum McGregor out of McCarthy and Ismaila Soro, to which he said:
“Think Soro most likely but could be McCarthy. Been told McCarthy has struggled slightly with the pace and intensity of the training sessions as well, but hopefully that is just down to fitness/rustiness rather than a permanent issue.
The Verdict: Next few months key
As Devlin mentions, McCarthy’s struggles are hopefully due to a fitness issue rather than a long-term problem.
The next few months should give a better indication of where McCarthy fits in Postecoglou’s squad, but at this moment in time, he’s not making positive progress at Parkhead.
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