Liverpool 'shock' wing wizard target opens tansfer door

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Liverpool winger target Paddy McCourt has opened the door to a possible move away from Celtic this summer.

The Northern Ireland international, who moved to Celtic Park from Derry City in 2008, has fallen down the pecking order for Neil Lennon's side at the start of the SPL season.

It's been a sharp backwards turn for the player, who was described as a 'shock' Liverpool target in the later stages of the transfer window, before Celtic rejected the possibility of a move to Anfield for the 27-year-old.

“It’s rare something would happen to you on transfer deadline day without you knowing so I wasn’t going anywhere," he told the Daily Record.

"Of course signing for Celtic was my dream but, at the end of the day, I want to play more football. That has been at the back of my mind a couple of times but I’ve spoken to the boss and I’m very much part of his plans.

"It’s obvious anyone would rather play regularly than be on the fringes of the squad for the duration of their contract and I’m no different. I’ve enjoyed my three years at Celtic but, as much as I love the club and being part of the club, I want to play.

"If I was to leave it would be with a heavy heart but it isn’t going to happen so I’m fully focused on playing for Celtic."

Kenny Dalglish made a handful of moves in the summer transfer window at Anfield, with Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson, Alexander Doni, Charlie Adam, Sebastian Coates, Craig Bellamy and Stewart Downing all joining the Liverpool ranks.


With Downing of a similar ilk to McCourt, the 27-year-old could find his chances with Liverpool limited too, suggesting that a possible Merseyside switch is unlikely.

The player has been held back by inconsistency throughout his career thus far, but were the player able to find some long-term form, a Liverpool switch could possibly come back on the radar.

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