Celtic-linked Ali McCann subject of interest but no formal offers

By David Walton

June 13, 2021

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has confirmed that Ali McCann is one of several stars who have been the subject of interest but no formal offers.

Celtic have been linked with a move for McCann all season. The initial link between the Hoops and the Northern Ireland international came back in November. This was after Tosh McKinlay was reportedly sent by Celtic to watch the youngster in action [The Courier].

It was then claimed back in April by the Sunday Post that Celtic were again scouting him during their Scottish Cup semi-final win against Hibernian [print edition, 09/05, back page].

And Davidson has confirmed the current state of play surrounding the midfielder. As he touched on his top players, Davidson confirmed there have been no formal offers as of yet.

As quoted by the Courier, Davidson said: “I think there has been interest but I don’t think there has been anything formal. I had no doubt there would be people interested with the way they played last season.

“Fingers crossed we can hold on to them all but if we do lose any, it’s only one. We want the squad to continue to move forward.

“That’s football – it’s not just St Johnstone. The same will be happening at Rangers, Celtic or Aberdeen. There will be players moving. We’ll see what happens in the next six to eight weeks.”

Matter of time before Ali McCann becomes the subject of offers

It’s promising from a Celtic perspective that there have been no offers as of yet for McCann. But that will only be temporary. He’s had far too good a season to be left untouched by potential suitors.

Not that there’s any guarantee Celtic will make a move for them either. When we were first linked with a move, Neil Lennon was in charge at the time. What that means is that a totally different scouting system was in place headed by Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond, who’s also since departed.

New manager Ange Postecoglou is now in the door. He’ll have his own idea for the appropriate player specification that he wants to bring to Celtic Park. McCann is an extremely talented box-to-box midfielder, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’ll be on Postecoglou’s signing list.

Ali McCann in action against Celtic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic will likely have compiled some reports on him for the new boss to look at. As they should’ve done for all top players in Scotland. Hopefully, over Postecoglou’s current isolation period, he has a chance to make a decision on whether we should move for McCann.

There is no denying that there are other positions that take greater priority of course. We’re still covered nicely in the centre midfield as it is. But that won’t stop Celtic from moving for McCann if they feel he can be a long-term star at Parkhead.

For now, however, it doesn’t look as though anyone has made their move.

In other news, Celtic could have an advantage over Arsenal in one particular transfer story.