He may be an international midfielder and one of the best in his position in the Premier League, but is McCarthy what Celtic need?
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Celtic fan. A trophy already in the cabinet, the best centre forward since Henrik Larsson leading the line, and a 5-1 thrashing of Old Firm rivals Rangers to add a touch of glaze upon the cherry of a rather sweet cake.
Under former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, the future appears as gleaming as his pearly white gnashers, with the club’s ambitions in the transfer market increasing the optimism that abounds at Celtic Park. Moussa Dembele’s arrival from Fulham, amid reported interest from some of Europe’s most illustrious, and affluent, delivered a stern statement that Celtic were no longer going to be restricted to bargain buys from their domestic rivals or overseas imports that even the most ardent follower of European football would struggle to identify.
Imagine, then, if James McCarthy was to rock up at Celtic Park in January in the green and white. According to Herald Scotland, the Scottish Premiership champions have opened talks over a loan deal with the potential of a permanent transfer for the combative Glaswegian midfielder.
McCarthy remains a key figure at Everton despite his injuries this season, however, with manager Ronald Koeman’s fury after he was injured on international duty with the Republic of Ireland proving how essential he is to the Dutchman’s gameplan.
However, for a boyhood Celtic fan, the prospect of flying into challenges in front of a baying green and white wall could prove too tempting. But is he really worth the hype? Or, indeed, the money?
Would love to see James McCarthy playing for Celtic— Hughie (@hsharkey63) November 29, 2016
I'm all for Celtic splashing some cash. But £8 million for James Mccarthy? There's better players out there for that kind of money— Aidan Ritchie (@AidanRitchie27) November 28, 2016
I do think McCarthy would be a good signing for Celtic. But I also think a creative midfielder is required before a ball winning one— Greig O'H (@GreigCFC88) November 28, 2016
If McCarthy rumours are true Celtic are entering into game changing era under Rodgers. It's not a bad time to be a Celt you know ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️— Kevin McAneney (@83Ways2SkinACat) November 28, 2016
McCarthy is pretty exciting, no?— MinceCFC (@CelticMindedcom) November 28, 2016
Meanwhile, on the other side of the city...
So depressing how Celtic are probably signing James McCarthy and we will probs end up with benni mccarthy... they're absolutely miles ahead— Ronan (@RonanCameron98) November 28, 2016