By Alex McLeish

26th Dec, 2020 | 7:30pm

'He's Terrific' - Exclusive: McLeish wowed by Celtic raid for Hoops-daft PL ace keen to join

Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy would be an outstanding signing for Celtic, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Rangers manager reacted to Eurosport linking the Celtic-supporting Republic of Ireland international with a January move to Parkhead.

McCarthy, an FA Cup-winner during his time with Wigan Athletic, was a first-team regular for Palace in 2019-20.

But with the arrival of Eberechi Eze from QPR, one of James McArthur, Luka Milivojević and James McCarthy was always likely to get less football this season – and the latter hasn’t started a league game since 3 October.

McLeish, however, was adamant that the industrious midfielder with over a decade’s Premier League experience would be a magnificent capture for Celtic.

He was unequivocal as he told Football Insider“There’s so much nouse in his game, his knowledge is terrific, his experience is terrific.

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“He suffered a bad injury and he came back from that. He was quite regular in the Palace team but it seems now he’s finding it quite hard to get back in there.

“Could he finish his career with his boyhood heroes? He couldn’t rule that one out.”

McCarthy is said to be “aware” of Celtic’s interest and “keen on the move”, according to Eurosport.

However, the Bhoys will not go unchallenged in their pursuit of the midfielder, with Burnley and Aston Villa also keen to instigate talks in the January transfer window.

In other news, Celtic are looking to take a Championship starlet for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.