James McCarthy excited to impart his Premier League wisdom at Celtic

By Euan Davidson

August 6, 2021

New Celtic signing James McCarthy is keen to draw on his elite experience to help along Academy talents.

The former Wigan Athletic, Everton and Crystal Palace midfielder joined the Bhoys on a four-year deal. Speaking to 67 Hail Hail and assorted fan media, the Ireland international sounded keen to pass on what he’s learned.

Also, asked by 67 Hail Hail about who he learned from in the past, as an Academy talent in his own right before joining Hamilton, McCarthy gave an interesting response.

McCarthy said: “It’s always nice to give the boys a bit of experience. Obviously I’ve been away down south for 12 years now. So, anything that I can give to the younger lads, then I’ll happily do that.

“Obviously we’ve got a few experienced boys already within the squad, but as I say I’m happy to help anyone that wants it. Obviously I’ll go in tomorrow… and I look forward to meeting everyone.

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“At Hamilton, I obviously had Alex Neil at the time. He helped me and the likes of Jamesy [McArthur]. Then obviously, working at Everton and stuff, there’s always big characters in the dressing rooms. Crystal Palace, as well.

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“Obviously at Celtic [as an Academy player] we always got made to feel welcome. People here already have made me feel at home now. With all the squad coming back tomorrow, it’ll be good to meet them, but already with the lads here, it’s been fun.”

New Celtic man James McCarthy sounds willing to make a difference on the pitch, and off it

Obviously, James McCarthy is still only 30. To paint him as a wise old sage, imparting advice from a rocking chair would be missing the mark entirely.

However, he does have 42 caps, 272 Premier League appearances and an FA Cup to his name [Transfermarkt]. That’s the kind of experience that is extremely valuable. He’s played against and alongside elite players, and will have no doubt picked up some advice along the way.

As one of the more senior players in a generally young Celtic squad, he sounds excited to pay it forward. Having played under coaches like Roberto Martinez and Roy Hodgson, McCarthy will have learned plenty from different footballing schools of thought.

More than that, he’s got his own impression to make at the club, just like the professionals that made him feel at home in the mid-00s.

We’re excited to see what James McCarthy can do at Celtic.

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