James McCarthy is linked with Celtic most transfer windows and has been since his Hamilton days.

The Irish midfielder who is also a Celtic fan is never far away from being linked with his boyhood heroes.

On Sunday, when rumours started flying about the player coming into Celtic at the age of 30, we were sceptical it was just another transfer news cycle story with not much substance.

However, this morning, journalist Stephen McGowan has added to the rumours by suggesting the club is in fact considering a free transfer for the midfielder.

Writing in MailSport, the journalist who gets many of the Celtic scoops has claimed the club are seriously considering bringing McCarthy in.

A lot of people who have followed James’ career will know he has struggled with injuries. If Celtic were to bring him in they would have to cover themselves with some sort of pay as you play deal.

There’s no doubt he could add something to the squad if fit, but that’s a very big if.

James was on £50kpw at Cyrstal Palace according to Spotrac – there’s no way he would get anywhere near that at Celtic.


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