JIM GOODWIN has strangely touted one of his star players as a Celtic player.

Speaking about Jamie McGrath after they managed to get through to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, Goodwin lavished praise on McGrath claiming he’s a Celtic player and he’s good enough to get into the Hoops squad now.

It stemmed from talk of McGrath potentially moving on in the summer and Goodwin doesn’t want to see the player head south to League One and into obscurity just do double his wage packet.

The Irish midfielder has a year left on his Saints deal after this season and Goodwin is confident he’ll make his mark in the game.

“For me, Jamie McGrath is a Celtic player. I look at some of the lads who are there now, like David Turnbull, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.” Goodwin told SunSport.

“I can see Jamie being among that level. I don’t want him leaving and going down to League One in England because they might double his money.

“If he’s going to leave I want it to be a top club that’s going to compete and win things, and help him progress and take his game to the next level.

“Jamie’s a very intelligent and level-headed young man, and he won’t be influenced by the first decent offer.

“It won’t be all down to finances. He will have a look at what his options are, and if he believes staying at St Mirren is best for him I’ve no doubt that’s what he’ll do.

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He’s got an inner belief and knows how good he’s capable of being. He’s by no means the finished article.

“He’s at a great age, two or three years before he hits his prime.”

Celtic will undergo a major rebuild this summer but they are slightly heavier on players in McGrath’s position than elsewhere.

There has to be players who come in from other SPFL clubs to give the squad balance. If we sign players from outside the league it will take even longer for any new side to gel.

Whethe that’s McGrath, Doig or Ferguson, we’ll wait and see when the time comes.

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