St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann has talked up his ambition after reportedly being watched by Celtic over the weekend.
The Courier reported on Saturday that the Hoops had sent Tosh McKinlay to Perth to watch St Johnstone’s home clash against Motherwell. The source believes that this was to take in McCann’s performance after impressing for Northern Ireland against Romania and Austria respectively over the last couple of weeks.
Celtic have a wealth of midfield talent at their disposal, but McCann has been making waves since his St Johnstone debut back in 2018. He’s played in all 12 of Saints’ league matches this season and is an invaluable part of Callum Davidson’s group.
And whilst McCann was keen to talk about the importance of keeping his head down, he did touch on the fact that he has an ambition to play at the highest level possible.
Speaking in comments published by the Courier, McCann said: “If there’s any speculation I don’t take notice of it.
“I just keep my head down and keep doing what I’m doing in the best way I can. Hopefully that will mean I keep producing good performances.
“You’ve got to be ambitious. You want to do as well as possible and go as high in the game as you can in your career. But you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. I just want to make sure I’m doing my best for St Johnstone.”
Plenty of options ahead of McCann
It’s not unlike Celtic to stockpile young talent for the future. It’s something that’s benefited us in the past when we signed the likes of Ryan Christie from Inverness and allowed him to develop elsewhere.
You have to imagine that any more for McCann would see Celtic do likewise. This isn’t a player who would be an improvement on what we currently have. Not yet.
Remember, Celtic still have a host of options in the midfield including some impressive-looking youngsters who aren’t getting a game. Ismaila Soro, Luca Connell, and David Turnbull would surely have something to say about McCann being added to their ranks.
Perhaps Celtic see this deal as one they can swoop in on before anyone else. But you wonder where the great need to bring him in would be coming from, because we already have such a wealth of talent currently in those central midfield positions.
It would be interesting to see whether any permanent move to Parkhead saw the youngster go straight back out on loan to St Johnstone or perhaps a rival Scottish Premiership club.
We’ll need to wait and see what the future holds, but whilst this may be a decent bit of future-planning, it’s not something that’s going to win over many fans. There are far too many issues at the club just now to get excited by this one.