Report: Celtic scout St Johnstone's Ali McCann; 20-year-old is under contract until 2023

By John Reid

November 21, 2020

Celtic have scouted St Johnstone’s Ali McCann, reports the Courier. The 20-year-old midfielder was reportedly watched by Hoops scout Tosh McKinlay, who watched the player in action for the Perth side against Motherwell.

McCann recently made his international debut for Northern Ireland, and the Hoops must feel that McCann is a player worth watching.

The player is under contract until 2o23, and you would expect that St Johnstone would be loath to let go a player who has been one of their most important players this season.

McCann has been involved in every St Johnstone league game this season, and has started 13 of them.

Can play central and defensive midfield

Looking at the type of player McCann is, he is a central and defensive midfielder. The Hoops have a lot of players that can play in that position. However, as we all know, Scott Brown’s time at Celtic could soon be coming to an end. He is in the last year of his contract. Maybe McCann is a contender to replace Brown eventually.

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However, at the moment it might be too soon for McCann to move to Celtic. There is no guarantee that he would get into the Hoops side. Of course, St Johnstone might knock back any bids that the Hoops make.

Interesting to see if Hoops make bid

There is no doubt plenty of players that will be on Celtic’s transfer list. Tosh McKinlay will be watching players each week.

St Johnstone’s Ali McCann, reportedly watched by Celtic (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Therefore, there is no guarantee that McCann will become a Celtic player. However, it will be interesting to see if Celtic decide to bid for the player in the January window.

You have to think that Celtic won’t be averse to bringing players to the club in January as the Hoops look to rescue the bid for 10 in a row. Only time will tell if Ali McCann is one of the players that the Hoops sign.

In other news, Pat Bonner was bemused why Odsonne Edouard didn’t start against Hibernian.