Callum Davidson admits it will be difficult to keep Cup heroes as Celtic eye Ali McCann

By John McGinley

May 24, 2021

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has admitted it will be difficult to keep a hold of his St Johnstone cup heroes after winning a sensational double this season.

The Perth side won both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup on a minuscule budget in comparison to some other clubs in Scotland, including Celtic.

The Bhoys are taking an interest in one of their more important players, Ali McCann.

He’s been a key part of their midfield efforts this term and looks destined for a move to a bigger club at 21 years of age.

Celtic have scouted him twice this season and interim boss John Kennedy noted how impressed he has been with his performances.

On the subject of departures, Davidson told The Courier over the weekend: “What we do know is we’ve got European football and that is huge for a club like St Johnstone. We’ll be playing against top class teams and that gives more of a carrot for players to stay.

“My players have performed at a very high level on big occasions which says a lot. It will be hard for the club to hold on to them. That’s the business we’re in. Hopefully we only lose one or two.

“We need to make sure the ones who come through realise what these boys have done and meet those standards too. I’ve always said that players will get chances of big moves if they perform in big games.

“We beat Rangers in the quarter-final and there were the four matches at Hampden – we’ve only conceded one goal in those four. I can’t fault them.”

St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann in action against Celtic / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

McCann, a two-cap Northern Ireland international, still has two years left on his contract so St Johnstone will be holding out for a decent fee.

He has bags of potential and it’s unlikely that Celtic are the only team interested in his technical, tidy midfield play.

Still, as Davidson notes, there’s a reality to these things and if Celtic do want him then he’s well within our reach.

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