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Celtic: Bhoys suffer setback as Ali McCann opens up on his future

Celtic: Bhoys suffer setback as Ali McCann opens up on his future - Celtic Transfer Rumours

Celtic may well have suffered a setback in their pursuit for St Johnstone youngster Ali McCann after he opened up on his future.

McCann speaks out

Reports emerged at the weekend that scout Tosh McKinlay had been watching the 20-year-old closely (via The Courier), with the Northern Irishman catching the eye of national team boss Ian Baraclough.

Since making his debut for the Saints two years ago, McCann has scored five goals and provided four assists from 56 appearances (TransferMarkt), and has been a regular for Callum Davidson’s side this season.

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The central midfielder received praise from Rangers loanee Jason Holt, who described him as “undroppable” and a player who has the “potential to go on to bigger things” (via The Herald).

When asked by Not The Old Firm about links with a move to Parkhead, he said: “If there’s any speculation I don’t take notice of it.

“I just keep my head down and keep doing what I’m doing in the best way I can. Hopefully, that will mean I keep producing good performances. You’ve got to be ambitious. You want to do as well as possible and go as high in the game as you can in your career.

“But you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. I just want to make sure I’m doing my best for St Johnstone.”

Transfer Tavern take

McCann is getting plenty of minutes under his belt for St Johnstone, which will probably see Celtic continue to scout him right up until the January transfer window opens.

His performances this season suggest that this will be the case, having averaged a pass success rate of 87.5% during his side’s last game against Motherwell, which was higher than any of his teammates (Whoscored).

Time will tell whether Celtic will make a move for him, as they are currently playing catch up to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.

In other news, Chris Sutton gives honest view as to when Celtic will ‘sack’ Neil Lennon.

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