Celtic supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team ease past Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle last weekend to continue their domination of football north of the border.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with the Edinburgh-based outfit off the back of clinching the Scottish Premiership title in their previous match, which turned out to be a 5-0 thumping of Old Firm rivals Rangers at Parkhead. And although they fell behind on Sunday to Kyle Lafferty’s strike, goals from Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele, and Scott Sinclair sealed a routine success for the Bhoys, thus maintaining their fine run of form ahead of this month’s Scottish Cup final.
As such, there have been many delighted Celtic fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hugely excited about the Scottish Cup showpiece at Hampden Park later this month, where Rodgers’ side will bid for a second successive domestic treble.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Bhoys supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking Everton midfielder James McCarthy with a move to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.
Yet having been linked with Rodgers’ Celtic in the last few years, and seemingly way down the pecking order at Goodison Park, the £10.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about Palace and instead seek a move to Celtic Park.
Ultimately, when one looks at the squad currently at Roy Hodgson’s disposal at Selhurst Park, it’s difficult to see where McCarthy would fit in were he to move to the Eagles.
Luke Milivojevic has enjoyed a stellar season in the middle of the park, and being captain of the team enhances his chances of starting, while the likes of Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur have also performed well this term.
Add in on-loan star Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a deal Palace may well seek to make permanent this summer, as well as fellow attacker Jason Puncheon, and it’s clear that the London-based club are well-stocked in the central midfield area – McCarthy would certainly bolster those ranks, but whether he’d get regular first team football is uncertain.
Whereas he’s much more likely to command a regular starting place at Rodgers’ Celtic, given he without doubt possesses the sort of quality the Bhoys will be looking for this summer in a bid to make a mark in European competition next term.
Ultimately, while injuries have certainly hindered the 27-year-old in recent times, there’s little doubting that the Republic of Ireland international brings a measure of control to the middle of the park, with his passing range able to launch attacks from deep, while his composure on the ball can help sides to dominate the midfield area.
And with question marks over the future of Tom Rogic amid interest from Southampton, Rodgers may well be on the lookout for central midfield reinforcements this summer – McCarthy would be an ideal addition.
The Bhoys have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old in the past, and with his Everton future far from certain after a testing time with injury, the Scottish giants could well eye a move again this summer.
And were they to do that, McCarthy would have to forget about Palace, as Parkhead appears to be the perfect destination for him to reignite his career.
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