By Noel Whelan

7th Aug, 2020 | 8:30pm

Exclusive: Celtic tipped to sign Glasgow-born international after reported approach

Noel Whelan has tipped James McCarthy to jump at the chance to move from Crystal Palace to Celtic this summer.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the midfielder would find it difficult to turn down the Bhoys and that he would be a “fantastic” signing for Neil Lennon.

As reported by 90 Min, Celtic have been in contact with Palace over a move for the 29-year-old and are confident of securing a deal for the Glasgow-born talent.

Roy Hodgson is reportedly open to offers for the 40-cap Republic of Ireland international despite his regular game time for the Eagles last season.

Whelan believes that if there is a deal to be done to take McCarthy to Parkhead then the boyhood Hoops fan would jump at the chance.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, you’re going to a club that’s a huge club, the two Scottish giants of Rangers and Celtic, they hold a lot of cards for players.

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“They want to go there, know they’re going to win things, going to be in cup finals, be in Europe and that’s what they want, to be going to play in front of 60,000 every week when they’re allowed back in.

“That would be a fantastic move and he would fit the bill – he’s aggressive, got energy, can create, likes to get in the box – he’s very much a Neil Lennon type of player.

“I think he would relish the opportunity if the bid came in and he was allowed to go, I think that would be very difficult to turn down for him.” 

McCarthy was on Celtic’s books as a youngster but joined Hamilton’s academy back in 2005.

He played 37 Premiership games before moving to England, where he has made 256 Premier League appearances to date.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in transfer talks with an international striker that has left Alex Bruce wowed.