Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill has told The Stoke Sentinel that he doesn’t think James McClean will be off to Celtic any time soon.
There had been unconfirmed rumours on social media that Celtic were keen to land McClean before the October transfer deadline.
McClean has adapted his game to become a left wing back, and that could fit the Bhoys given that they have allowed Boli Bolingoli to join Basaksehir.
The 31-year-old has never hidden his love for Celtic having grown up supporting the club, and he is regularly linked with a move to Parkhead.
He even told the Daily Record in 2018 that he thought he would be a Celtic player a long time ago, admitting that they are his favourite club.
McClean would give Neil Lennon another option on the left side, but Stoke boss O’Neill doesn’t seem to think that any move will be happening.
O’Neill believes the mentions of McClean to Celtic have simply been created on social media, as there hasn’t been any concrete talks and Stoke don’t want to lose him.
O’Neill has noted that his squad is a little on the large side at the moment, meaning a deal would be considered if it was on the table, but it isn’t right now.
“I think that’s probably just a rumour that’s been created by someone – and it certainly hasn’t come from our end. James isn’t a player, equally, that we are looking to lose at this minute in time,” said O’Neill. “The nature of the transfer window is such that you have to be flexible and if any situation arises with any player you have to give it consideration, particularly where we are at this minute in time.”
“We have to obviously deal with the rules of Financial Fair Play and deal with too a squad which is bloated. James is no different from any other player in the squad and if the situation arose we’d have to consider it but at this minute in time, I think that would be highly unlikely,” he added.