Reports from Glasgow this morning are suggesting Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is planning a raid on his former club Celtic for their talented midfielder Paddy McCourt.
Daliglish is rumoured to be thinking over a £4 million bid for The Hoops star who he believes would add real quality on the wing for Liverpool.
McCourt has been a cult hero with the fans at Celtic Park since his move back in 2008 from Derry City. His trickery, ability to beat two and three men easily, great runs with the ball and his powerful finishing has seen him become an idol with the Parkhead Faithful in such a short space of time. Many fans see him as the ambassador for playing the Celtic way.
Any approach for him would only anger them as they feel they have still to the best of him in a Hoops shirt before he goes anywhere. If Dalglish does want him he may have to dig a lot deeper than than he first thought to take McCourt away from a club who’s fans idolise him.
The Northern Ireland man who has long been known in his home country as THE DERRY PELE. Now seems to be attracting the interest he deserves from the premierships finest and his performance last week against the Faroe Islands will only have alerted more teams to his capabilities. McCourt made his first start for his country last week and did not disappoint.
He scored a brace to top off a fantastic performance, his second a goal worthy of lighting up any football match as he went on one of his trademark runs beating five players on his way into the box before superbly chipping the goalkeeper. Something which Scottish football fans will know all about as he has done it on a few occasions for Celtic.
McCourt though has had problems with his fitness in the past and is the reason some Celtic fans say is why he is not in the first team more regularly. He has only made 39 appearances for The Hoops in three seasons despite his obvious talent. Whether that is down to his fitness or whether its just down to the managers feeling there are other players better than him I will let you decide.
Personally I would be gutted if McCourt was to leave as I am one of the many who still feel there is more to see from him in a green and white shirt. With the injuries to Izaguirre, Kayal and now Hooper, it is the ideal time to give McCourt his chance and show everyone in football what he is all about. However with the midfield being so strong at the moment at Celtic. Will he be content continuing to warm the bench or will he take up the challenge of the Premiership.