Callum Davidson sounds like he wouldn't stop Ali McCann leaving for Celtic

By David Walton

July 19, 2021

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson sounds as though he wouldn’t stop talented youngster Ali McCann leaving for Celtic this summer.

McCann has been linked with a move to the Hoops after reportedly being scouted by them on two occasions. Tosh McKinlay was spotted running the rule over him in a game against Motherwell at the tail-end of 2020 [The Courier]. Celtic then had him watched in the Scottish Cup semi-final in May [Sunday Post, 09/05, back page].

Celtic have since changed their managerial staff with Ange Postecogclou coming in. However, McCann is still available with a £2m price-target placed on his head [Scottish Sun].

And it doesn’t look as though St Johnstone will stand in the player’s way should the opportunity of a step-up arrive. Callum Davidson has been speaking about Saints’ transfer situation, and he appeared open to allowing his top stars to make way for better things.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Davidson said: “I want to be successful, I want to win every game – its simple as that. I think if we are going to lose a couple (of players) in the summer we have to make sure we don’t lose too many because of the spirit in the squad – that’s a key factor.

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“It has to be two-fold, there has to be a balance for the club but what I would say is that I would never stop anybody playing at a higher level.

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“I’d never really want to put the brakes on that. You look at what they’ve achieved, much more than I ever achieved as a player for St Johnstone, so all credit to them.”

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Davidson isn’t exactly scaring away potential suitors here. In fact, he’s flat out coming out and saying that he would be happy for several of his top players to depart.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Celtic could come in with any offer and it would be accepted. A decent outlay would still need to be provided given McCann’s progress at Saints.

But the Perth side clearly won’t be overly difficult to deal with. That much has been made perfectly clear by Davidson. And given they’ve yet to suffer any major departures as of yet, the time could be right to move.

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From a Celtic perspective, we’re hardly sorted in the central-midfield area. There is still a spot there for a long-term Scott Brown replacement to come into the fold.

Right now we have Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Ismaila Soro, and Olivier Ntcham available to play in a box-to-box role. But chances are Ntcham won’t be here for the long-term whilst Turnbull and Soro prefer advanced and defensive roles respectively.

McCann would be a fine option as a potential prodigy. But at 21, he’ll likely have his eyes solely set on continuing to gain vital first-team experience.

In other news: UEFA publish confirmed Celtic squad for Midtjylland tie

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