JAMES MCCARTHY has been linked with Celtic all through his career since he broke through at Hamilton to his early days in the Premier League.

It’s up there with the Robbie Keane rumours we were used to getting every single transfer window until that one time when he popped up at Celtic Park on a six-month loan deal.

With McCarthy, fans expect the link to be made with Celtic on a regular basis; an Irish international who supports The Bhoys. When he’s not playing for his club, it’s natural for people to gravitate to that transfer story.

Everton Boss Marco Silva has had his say on the player’s future and unlike before where he has told his own fans the player would be going nowhere, he can offer no such guarantees this time and is taking a ‘let’s see what happens’ approach.

“Even if it looks strange because he is not playing often or he is not making the squad list often, but if you ask me directly I will tell you it is something I want, for him to be part of the squad until the end of the season and then let’s see in the future because he has a contract (beyond that).

“Let’s see what will happen, you never know in football,” Silva Told the Echo

“Like you said, our squad at the moment is short and if something happened with one, two or three players then the possibilities will come more and more.

“To train with 21 or 22 players, not including goalkeepers, is not a big number and some issues could come – although I hope not – and so the solutions could come for all.

It’s clear Silva doesn’t have big plans for James and after a longterm injury at the age of 28, James will not be wanting to sit on the bench or the stands for much longer.

Celtic really need to get their act together with regards to bringing in a right-back but if the opportunity arises to take McCarthy to Celtic Park – it should be seriously considered.

The summer would be the best time to go get the player who is currently valued at £7.5million by TransferMarkt.com.


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