Crystal Palace midfielder, James McCarthy, has revealed in an interview with The Daily Record that he longs to pull on the famous green and white hoops of Celtic before he hangs up his boots.
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The former Hamilton player is a lifelong Bhoys fan and has fond memories of sampling games against Rangers when he was younger:
“I’ve always been a Celtic fan; all my family are Celtic fans. From when I was born, I’ve had the Celtic strips. Obviously as a kid, you’re always watching. We’d go and watch the games. My brothers used to take me”.
“I went to quite a lot of them (games against Rangers). I was younger, maybe eight or nine. I’d always be at the game. It’s an amazing atmosphere, an incredible atmosphere and one that you really enjoy”.
McCarthy signed for Palace this summer having found himself out of favour at Everton, and it is the third time he has found himself in the same midfield as Scotland international James McArthur – a commentator’s nightmare.
These Celtic fans took to Twitter to suggest that McCarthy had missed the boat.
He had his chance
— Marina Rutherford (@marina_r85) October 21, 2019
You’d need to pay us for that to happen.
— James Anthony (@Jimsthename77) October 21, 2019
Thought he had retired .
— CHARLIE MURDOCH 🇬🇧🏴🇬🇧 (@murdoch_charles) October 21, 2019
McCarthy is 7 years late.
— jDB (@jDB34772262) October 21, 2019
We should have signed him in summer. He would be the ideal replacement for Broony when he hangs up the boots.
Or a great partner for him the now. Too late now tho. Palace wont take 8m for him
— Davie Kirwan (@KirwanDavie) October 21, 2019
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— Dom Schiavone🍀 (@Shiv1888) October 21, 2019