Date: 14th May 2009 at 2:49pm
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Transfer rumours would not be quite the same without super-agent Willie McKay being quoted throughout the media and his latest claim is that Hamilton Accies’ wonderkid James McCarthy wants to join Celtic.

Accies boss Billy Reid has already confirmed a bid from Celtic for the Young Player of the Year has been rejected, but that won’t stop the speculation about where McCarthy will be plying his trade next season. If McKay is to be believed, the 18-year-old midfielder will turn down any offers from the English Premier League in favour of Celtic.

McKay told the Daily Record: “James knows there is interest from England, but he’s made it clear he would love to play for Celtic. I’m sure they would be prepared to pay what would be a lot of money for a teenager.”

The reaction from Hamilton has been quick. Following reports the club rejected a £500,000 bid from Portsmouth last week, it now seems a bid from Celtic has been rejected – though the details of the offer remain unknown.

Reid was quoted by as saying: “The club have received an offer for James. I can say at this stage that it will be rejected. James has had this for two years and he’ll not let it affect him. We’ll sit down at the end of the season and talk about James’ future.”

McCarthy is decent kid who is still developing but, quite honestly, would his career benefit from a move to Celtic? The apparent gap between the reserves and senior squad is such that he could easily see his career languishing just at the time he needs to be playing regular football.

A worthy comparison might be Milan Misun. He was highly rated before moving to Celtic – and still is – but Strachan has opted to persevere with Lee Naylor, and all the inconsistency he brings to the pitch, rather than delve into the reserves and promote from within.

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