Report: James McCarthy was ready to sign for Celtic during Brendan Rodgers era

By John McGinley

August 2, 2021

Midfielder James McCarthy nearly signed for Celtic during the Brendan Rodgers era, but the Bhoys refused to cough up for a loan fee from Everton.

McCarthy spent six years at Goodison Park but found football hard to come by towards the end of his spell.

It seems he had a potential exit route to Celtic Park at some point under Rodgers, as reported by The Daily Record, but the club didn’t want to pay what was likely an expensive loan agreement.

McCarthy, it’s said, was ready to put pen to paper on a move.

Now Celtic are interested again and the stars could be aligning on a homecoming for the Republic of Ireland midfielder, who started his career in Scotland.

The Scottish Daily Mail says Celtic are “exploring a move” for the player, who is now available on a free transfer.

It’s time for Celtic to make their move in the summer transfer market

It’s time for Celtic to make their move in the summer transfer market
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McCarthy to Celtic has been talked about for over decade, so we’re not going expect anything from this one until it’s over the line, but his arrival could help out a midfield that needs extra support.

Both Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham have left the club and there’s little depth beyond the current options currently used by Ange Postecoglou.

The timing makes sense for all sorts of reasons, not least because only wages are now a barrier to his signing.

Still, it remains to be seen whether he is the kind of midfielder Postecoglou would be interested in taking to Celtic Park.

In other news, Celtic will play Tobol Kostanay or MSK Zilina in Conference League playoff if defeated by Jablonec.