It seems that James McClean’s dream to one day play for Celtic is further away than ever.

The Daily Record live transfer blog (3:27pm) claims that Stoke are set to offer West Brom £4million for the 29-year-old, whilst the Baggies want £6million.

That sort of money is beyond the pale for a player who is 29-years-old, and the Hoops would not entertain spending that on him – even if his heart is set on turning out at Parkhead.

Just because someone is a fanatical supporter of a team that doesn’t automatically mean that the player should be signed for that side.

A good previous example for Hoops fans to remember is that of Peter Grant.

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The former Hoops midfielder of the 1980s and 1990s, who was a massive fan of the club, returned to the club as Tony Mowbray’s assistant in 2009, and displayed none of the passion which lead him to becoming a fan favourite in the first place.

He and Mowbray were sacked in less than a season, after a disastrous spell at the club.

Being honest, the main reason that the Hoops will not be interested in McClean is that he would not get in the team, and £6million is far too much money for a player who will be in the Championship next season.

No doubt he will regularly pop up at Celtic Park as a fan when his playing does are gone, but as a first-team player – little to no chance.

In other Celtic news, John Kennedy has hailed the Hoops’ treble winners.

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