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West Brom and Republic of Ireland winger James McClean is heading to Parkhead to play against Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial game later this month – and it will give fans a firsthand account of why they must stop calling on the club to sign the left-sided flyer.

McClean, 29, is a mad Celtic supporter and the Parkhead faithful have been calling on the club to snap up the Derry-born winger for most of the season.

The Ireland international has even said that he would “give anything” to move to Parkhead before the end of his career and now it seems that he does have the chance to play in Glasgow’s East End, just on this occasion it will be against the Bhoys.

It was confirmed on Ireland’s official website on Thursday that McClean was in the squad to play against Celtic on May 20.

The winger has had a poor season at West Brom, appearing 33 times across all competitions as the Baggies suffered relegation from the Premier League, ending their eight-year stay in the top-flight.

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McClean, who according to the Express and Star earns over £20,000-a-week, has been in dire form and earlier in the season his hotheadedness and lack of technical ability serious cost the Black Country club points.

The ex-Sunderland and Wigan man is full of energy, fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude, but the Hoops really don’t need that in their squad and Brendan Rodgers has to strengthen his side with players who possess the technical abilities to make a difference.

Celtic fans will realise that on May 20 they should stop calling on the club to sign McClean.

It would be great for them to see a huge supporter of the club realise his dream by pulling on the green and white stripes, but he really is not the player that they need.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have this 46-year-old lined up to succeed Brendan Rodgers if he quits the club.

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