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Celtic: Hoops weighing up James McCarthy move

Celtic: Hoops weighing up James McCarthy move -Celtic

Celtic are discussing a move for former Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy, according to reliable reporter Alan Nixon.

The Lowdown: McCarthy without a club

McCarthy is currently a free agent after his deal at Selhurst Park expired last month.

The midfielder, capable of playing in a defensive, central or advanced role, has been linked with the Hoops over the last 12 months.

Reports last November suggested Celtic were ready to make their move in January, whereas a story in April suggested that Newcastle United were looking to pip the Hoops to a deal.

The Irishman, who Roy Hodgson described as ‘incredible’ last year, appears to be back on Celtic’s radar, according to Nixon.

The Latest: Nixon’s claim

Nixon, who writes for The Sun, was quizzed by a Celtic fan in regards to transfers on Sunday morning. He claimed there was a possibility of a central midfielder arriving, before name-checking McCarthy.

He claimed that he is free to sign and is being discussed, presumably by the Hoops hierarchy.

“McCarthy is free … and deffo being discussed…”

Would you like to see McCarthy at Celtic?

Yes, would be a solid signing!

Yes, would be a solid signing!

No, can do better!

No, can do better!

The Verdict: Sign

McCarthy has made 272 appearances in the Premier League so would bring bundles of experience to the Hoops squad.

He could be a perfect signing for the current campaign, especially with Scott Brown leaving for Aberdeen. McCarthy is also just 30 years of age despite making over 450 appearances for club and country during his career, so his knowledge could be crucial under Ange Postecoglou.

The Irishman is a boyhood Celtic fan, so you’d expect he would entertain the possibility of moving to Parkhead.

In other news: ‘Worst of the lot’, ‘Waste of a jersey’ – Many Celtic fans slam ‘imposter’ who ‘needs sacked‘.

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