Two clubs in Major League Soccer are showing an interest in signing Celtic midfielder James McCarthy over the coming months.
Outlet 90min.com reports that Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids have shown interest in the Republic of Ireland international, who hasn’t started a match for the Bhoys since December 2021.
McCarthy signed for Celtic in the summer of 2021 on a four-year contract, so his current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025. Given he is nowhere near the first team at the moment, that isn’t ideal.
James McCarthy’s Celtic future isn’t bright
Any interest from clubs should certainly be encouraged by the Bhoys. Hopefully, McCarthy himself is motivated to find a new home that will allow him to get back onto the pitch on a regular basis.
The 32-year-old made 22 appearances under Ange Postecoglou in his debut season but has managed just five this term. All of them have come from the bench and the last was way back in October for the League Cup quarter-final against Motherwell.
With Tomoki Iwata signing since then, and Ben Summers emerging from the youth ranks, McCarthy has only fallen further down the midfield pecking order and there appears to be little scope for more inclusion in the future.
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Getting him off the books would be the best thing for all parties. I doubt Celtic will be banking any sort of significant transfer fee for the fringe man, he hasn’t played enough football in recent years to justify that.
Nonetheless, saving some money on the wage bill and diverting those resources elsewhere couldn’t be seen as a bad thing. We have more than enough midfield cover.