James McClean is a figure well respected by Celtic fans, he is an amazing footballer for club and country as his RTE Sportsperson of 2017 attests.
Never a man to put his club before his country, the Celtic daft McClean has dropped a strong hint for the Hoops hierarchy.
Speaking in the Celtic View McClean said:
“I was lucky to play once at Celtic Park for Ireland and the result was unfortunate as we lost 1-0 to Scotland, but to play at Celtic Park was unbelievable. If I could do that one day wearing a Celtic jersey then it might even top doing that for Ireland.”
This is after saying in the same interview that:
“Playing for your country is the greatest honour you can have in football,” he said. “Growing up a Celtic fan during the Martin O’Neill era was special and for him to become my manager at club level – I remember when he was announced as manager at Sunderland, I was just in awe, someone who I had idolised was becoming my manager.
“It was just surreal and I struck up a good working relationship with then, and now to play for my country and for him to be my manager as well is extra special.
That he would say that “Playing for your country is the greatest honour you can have in football” quickly followed by “If I could do that one day wearing a Celtic jersey then it might even top doing that for Ireland.” shows his determination and desire to pull on the Hoops.
If we want a committed player who would bleed for the crest, we could find few better.
With Stuart Armstrong’s Celtic career under a cloud for his lack of commitment, this may well be the ready-made replacement desperate to play for the famous Glasgow Celtic.