One of the weekend’s big transfer rumours at Celtic has been fresh links with Everton midfielder James McCarthy, as reported by TEAMtalk.
They say the Hoops and West Ham United are leading the chase to sign the player on a loan basis until the end of the current season.
There isn’t a transfer window that seems to go by without some sort of McCarthy link to Celtic. He is a preferred option when it comes to reporting Celtic signing news given his well known status as a boyhood Hoops fan.
However, with the Republic of Ireland international badly needing first-team football after a long-term injury, does this deserve more credence than usual?
We haven’t exactly been shy about utilising loans already this month and McCarthy could provide quality competition for Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Christie.
Some fans though aren’t convinced, either with another player arriving on a short-term deal or with the Everton man himself.
These supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the rumours…
James McCarthy? No thanks, not needed.
— CC (@celticchampionz) January 13, 2019
Just seen there’s rumours of James McCarthy coming to Celtic on a six month loan. James McCarthy might well not be a bad idea, although central midfield is hardly our biggest priority right now. But another loan deal is embarrassing if it happens. Something’s going on re Rodgers.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) January 12, 2019
Bang on. Somethings not quite sitting right with me regarding transfers.
— central scrutinizer (@centralscrutin2) January 12, 2019
For the record get James McCarthy to fk. Out for a year and just back. Geez peace
— Stengo7 (@stengo7) January 13, 2019
Another loan???? Hopefully some team is sniffing about Ntcham ????
— FM77 (@Flymusic77) January 13, 2019
Ffs we don’t need midfielders, why not give the guys on a sidelines a chance rather than bring in more numbers
— Liam Roberts (@liamroberts92) January 13, 2019
— Des (@johndes123) January 13, 2019