Celtic: £14k-a-week outcast 'doesn't fit in' at Parkhead

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou at Parkhead

Celtic midfielder James McCarthy may not fit into plans at Parkhead this season, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.

Ange Postecoglou has been bolstering his side in the transfer window in order to give them the best chance possible of retaining their Scottish Premiership title, but McCarthy may well have little part to play.

What is the latest on McCarthy?

The midfielder’s future was thrown into doubt during the transfer window after Aaron Mooy was signed from Shanghai Port, bumping the Republic of Ireland international further down the pecking order.

Hibernian winger and former Celtic star Aiden McGeady has this week recommended his former teammate moves south of the border to Sunderland, the club he left this summer.

“I met him the other day and I was interested to hear what he was thinking about Celtic and whether he still had the ambition to play every single game, or whether he was cool to sit at Celtic and not play,” McGeady told Open Goal via Chronicle.

“But he was like ‘no, I want to play’. We spoke for two minutes but he did actually say that [that he wants to play].

“I think going into that Sunderland team he’d play every game. Sunderland just now have just such a young squad. They are going that Brentford model way of young players with asset value and don’t sign over the age of 24. But I think he would be good.”

What has Joseph said about McCarthy?

Joseph simply cannot see where the 31-year-old fits into Postecoglou’s plans this season but admits that situations can change.

The Sky Sports reporter told GIVEMESPORT: “McCarthy, as I’ve said before, I don’t know where he fits into the Celtic squad. But who knows what will happen during the season.”

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Will McCarthy leave Celtic this summer?

The Bhoys are now two games into their new Scottish Premiership campaign and McCarthy is yet to play a single minute of football.

He was left out of the squad entirely for their curtain-raiser against Aberdeen and was an unused substitute against Ross County.

Coupled with McGeady’s revealing comments, it seems likely that the £14,000 per-week star will push for a move before the transfer window closes.

With over 400 professional appearances to his name and 27 goals, including in the English Premier League, his experience would no doubt be better appreciated elsewhere.

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