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Ross County confirm talking to Celtic's Australian international Jackson Irvine over transfer

The midfielder spent last season on loan at the club.

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre has again confirmed a desire to bring in Celtic youngster Jackson Irvine this summer on a permanent deal.

He told The Press and Journal today that he was hoping to have an answer regarding a move for the Australian in the next few days:

“Jackson is someone we’ve spoken to and we’ll hopefully have a decision about that in the next few days.”

The Australian has spent last season out on loan at the club and The Staggies have now made it clear they want to keep him next season.

Celtic may indeed allow to let young Irvine go.

He was snapped up by the club in 2010 as a teenager from Melbourne Victory and even went on to play one game for the club. He came on as a half-time substitute against Hibernian in September 2012, but has not featured for the first-team since.

A defensive midfielder, who started out as a right-back, Irvine is also an Australian international - so he certainly has pedigree.

The trouble Irvine has is competition for places. He would be some way down the pecking order at this point in time regarding a place in the Celtic first-team and would surely enjoy a return to his former loan employers, for whom he played 30 games last season and scored two goals.

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