McCarthy could be the answer for 'desperate' Celtic - Kenny
Celtic have long been “desperate” for a player like natural leader James McCarthy.
That is according to ex-Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the new Hoops signing.
Celtic announced that McCarthy had joined the club on a free transfer along with Joe Hart on 3rd August.
The 43-cap Republic of Ireland international was released by Crystal Palace at the end of his contract in May.
The midfielder, a boyhood Celtic fan, also has Premier League experience with Wigan Athletic and Everton.
The 30-year-old called the switch a “special day for me and my family.”
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Kenny predicted that McCarthy will provide the leadership in the middle of the field that has been missing at Parkhead in recent times.
“I like him a lot,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“He can definitely bring that leadership because he’s played a lot for his country and a lot of Premier League games.
“At Palace, Everton and Wigan as well he was well-liked. He’s in his 30s now so he has that experience about him as well.
“He seems like he should be a great signing, exactly the type of player that Celtic have been desperate for. “
McCarthy could make his debut on 8th August when Celtic face Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.
Ange Postecoglou’s side got their first positive result at the fourth attempt in 2021-22 as they beat FK Jablonec 4-2 on 5th August.