Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy has opened up on his love for Celtic in quotes published by the Daily Record – and Celtic fans have considered signing the holding midfielder on Twitter.
McCarthy, 28, began his career in Scotland – coming through the ranks at Hamilton before earning enough plaudits to win a move down south. He joined Wigan Athletic, before moving onto Everton – both under Roberto Martinez.
However, the last couple of years at Everton were ravaged by injury and the 41-time Ireland international completed a £3million move to Crystal Palace in the summer, after returning to full fitness.
The Glasgow-born midfielder has since played seven times for Palace, and heas claimed in Palace’s matchday programme – as quoted by The Record – that he has always supported Celtic and even attended Old Firm games as a child.
“Early football for me was always playing as a kid,” McCarthy said. “I’ve always been a Celtic fan; all my family are Celtic fans. From when I was born, I’ve had the Celtic strips. Obviously as a kid, you’re always watching.”
McCarthy signed a three-year deal at Palace in the summer and his concentration is most likely to be on earning his place at Palace and having an impact – without spending time in the physio room.
But if Celtic come calling, it appears McCarthy may not be able to reject the lure of playing for the Scottish champions. Celtic fans reacted on Twitter to McCarthy’s comments – some think he would be a good signing, others do not.
He had his chance
— Marina Rutherford (@marina_r85) October 21, 2019
McCarthy is 7 years late.
— jDB (@jDB34772262) October 21, 2019
— Dom Schiavone? (@Shiv1888) October 21, 2019
We should have signed him in summer. He would be the ideal replacement for Broony when he hangs up the boots.
Or a great partner for him the now. Too late now tho. Palace wont take 8m for him
— Davie Kirwan (@KirwanDavie) October 21, 2019
If take him if we can't get big Vic but wouldn't pay more than 4 to 6 mill.
— Daniel Logan (@DanielL03680036) October 20, 2019
I always laugh when average players coming to the end think of one last big paycheque and some medals. He had the chance of medals at the start and preferred money. The only proper success story of that kind is Defoe and he won’t win medals
— James Higgins (@higgytwit100) October 21, 2019