Like McGregor, Turnbull and Christie: Goodwin claims Celtic should sign St Mirren dynamo

By Euan Davidson

April 30, 2021

Jim Goodwin has suggested Celtic should join the race for Jamie McGrath.

In a rare “come and get him plea”, the former Celtic youth player Goodwin stressed that McGrath was comparable to the Bhoys’ current midfield crop. The St Mirren manager is facing a raft of bids for the former Dundalk midfielder. Aberdeen are reportedly interested, along with a number of English clubs [Evening Express].

McGrath has had an impressive season. In 32 Premiership outings, the Irish midfielder has scored 8 and set up a further 2. A remarkably versatile player, McGrath can essentially fit anywhere in the midfield. He’s also been used as a striker and a no.10. In a very solid season for St Mirren in general, McGrath has given the Buddies real impetus.

Goodwin said [Sun]:

“For me, Jamie McGrath is a Celtic player. I look at some of the lads who are there now, like David Turnbull, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.

“I can see Jamie being among that level. I don’t want him leaving and going down to League One in England because they might double his money.

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“If he’s going to leave I want it to be a top club that’s going to compete and win things, and help him progress and take his game to the next level.”

Jim Goodwin reckons Jamie McGrath is a Celtic player in waiting / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Cheers Jim, but are Celtic in need of a player like McGrath?

It’s a very interesting set of circumstances. For me, Jamie McGrath is a St Mirren player. It’s surprising Jim Goodwin doesn’t see it the same way.

Fine; it’s very likely the Irishman won’t be in Paisley next season. However, for Goodwin to not just hint Celtic should buy his star man seems unusual. We’ll take it, obviously, and it’s praise indeed for the 24-year-old. There are comparisons to be made, not least to Ryan Christie or David Turnbull.

Is he that quality, yet? Probably not, in all truth. David Turnbull has oozed class since joining Celtic. Ryan Christie is altogether more frustrating, though, and might be on his way out. That being the case, McGrath could be the option to replace him.

Despite the rebuild, McGrath would be joining a stacked midfield. The likes of Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Ismaila Soro, Ewan Henderson and Liam Shaw will hopefully feature in 21-22. Add to that the likes of Kerr McInroy and Luca Connell waiting in the wings, and it’s a crowded house.

But McGrath has no doubt starred for the Buddies. He’ll earn his move, and Goodwin is right to try and bump up his price. After all, given the sheer depth of talent St Mirren are bringing through the Academy, Goodwin will realise that his side have to be a selling club, to a degree.

Still, though: actively advertising a key player to Celtic? That’s a new one for a Premiership boss.

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