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Strachan suggests Celtic got it wrong over Paddy McCourt

Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has suggested former Bhoys winger Paddy McCourt is a complete player.

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has suggested in the Glasgow Evening Times that his old side got it wrong over experienced winger Paddy McCourt.

Strachan has piled the praise onto the 31-year-old, who Celtic decided not to retain when his contract expired back in 2013.

“Paddy is as gifted a footballer as I have ever seen. Some players can see a pass, but not dribble. Others can dribble, but not see a pass. Paddy can do both,” said Strachan.

“And, I have got to say, watching Paddy is one of the best things in football.”

Strachan made the comments ahead of his Scotland facing up against McCourt in a friendly game next week.

Celtic have since moved on and they already have proof of the success under Ronny Deila, with the Norwegian already boasting a League Cup after the Neil Lennon era.

Celtic have plenty of talented players across their midfield and attack who are capable of injecting that quality and vision into the front of the team.

Someone like Stefan Johansen may play in a different position to McCourt, but he’s excelled at the top of midfield providing that vision in behind the front man.

It will be interesting to see next week if McCourt has significantly progressed since he was last a Celtic player two years ago.

Since he played for the Bhoys, he’s represented three different clubs and currently finds himself on loan at Notts County in League One.

He may feel he has a point to prove after the way he left Celtic and it will be interesting to see how the Scots cope if he’s on top form next week.

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