By Paddy Kenny

6th Aug, 2021 | 8:30pm

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.

In other news, ex-manager reveals his doubts over big-money summer signing amid Ange Postecoglou admission.