Celtic may finally complete a move for a player who grew up supporting the Hoops

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It’s rare that a transfer window goes by without Celtic and James McCarthy being mentioned in the same sentence, and the link has been made once again.

McCarthy, who grew up supporting Celtic, has played 43 times since joining Crystal Palace from Everton in 2019.

The central midfielder is no stranger to Scottish football, having begun his career at Hamilton Accies before joining Wigan Athletic in 2009.

30-year-old McCarthy, who has won 42 caps for Ireland, spent six seasons at Everton but found his opportunities limited in the final three due to a series of injury problems.

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According to Football Insider, Celtic have “registered their interest” in McCarthy.

The report says Celtic may have to wait until the summer to land their man, who has made just seven appearances this season but started in the centre of midfielder alongside fellow former Accies man James McCarthy in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester City.

McCarthy is out of contract at the end of the season and would be available on a free.

Neil Lennon, meanwhile, has insisted he won’t walk away from the Celtic job.

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Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena means the champions remain winless in 2021, having lost 1-0 to Rangers before drawing against Hibs and twice against David Martindale’s men.

Celtic now find themselves 20 points behind in the title race but, as quoted by Sky Sports, Lennon said: “I won’t walk away, absolutely not. I’ve put too much into this. Too much of my life. And a month ago we won the treble.

“If the club have to make a decision then they have to make a decision. You’re asking the wrong guy about my position.

“I’m fed up answering it really. Everyone is interested in my job. You keep asking if I’m going to be here. I will be until I’m told otherwise.”

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