St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann has been backed to star at Celtic by his former Stranraer chief Stuart Millar, speaking to Belfast Live.
If Eddie Howe hopes to get Celtic playing with style and swagger again, this technically gifted Northern Ireland international could quickly become the central figure of a new era at Parkhead. The poster boy for a style evolution.
The Glasgow giants sent scouts to watch McCann in St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup meeting with St Mirren last weekend (Sunday Post).
And, speaking a few days later, caretaker manager John Kennedy went as far as to confirm Celtic’s interest in the “impressive” 21-year-old (BBC).
McCann has taken the top flight by storm since returning to McDiarmid Park following a 2019 loan spell at Stranraer.
And Millar, who was working as director of football at the League One outfit when McCann arrived, is convinced the Edinburgh-born youngster has what it takes to thrive at one of Britain’s best-supported sides.
“He came to Stranraer and was a revelation from day one. He looked very mature, had quality on the ball and the physicality didn’t faze him,” Millar remembers.
“(McCann) has adapted to every challenge and step up so far and I’ve got no doubt he would handle a move to Celtic. It would be great to see him get that.”
Cool, collected and highly intelligent with the ball at his feet, McCann has often been compared to Northern Ireland teammate Steven Davis.
And Celtic could certainly do with a tempo-setting pass-master like Rangers’ evergreen playmaker, especially with Scott Brown leaving and Callum McGregor a fading shadow of his 2019 best.