Exclusive: McNamara claims Celtic could put midfielder in shop window after latest development


Jackie McNamara has suggested that Celtic could put recently recalled midfielder in the shop window after cutting his loan in America short.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and Scotland star said that the Bhoys will want to see how the 21-year-old deals with the demands of Scottish football after coming through the youth ranks at Parkhead.

Charlotte Independence confirmed that Hill had been recalled by the Hoops earlier this week, having been sent stateside back in March for the start of the USL Championship season.

McNamara says that giving him a taste of first-team football in Scotland, likely on a domestic loan, will give both Celtic and other clubs a chance to see what he can bring to the midfield.

He told Football Insider: “Maybe they want to get him back playing here where they can watch him a bit closer and see if there’s a future for him and to see how he handles the British game.

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“If you’ve got a player you want to know if he’s good enough to play so they’ll (potential suitors) want to see if he has a future.”

As well as his stint in the USA, Hill has also spent time with Forfar Athletic and St Mirren since the start of 2018, with 13 Scottish League One and three Scottish Championship appearances under his belt.

He featured nine times for Charlotte Independence in the second tier of the American leagues.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club are holding fresh talks over the exit of a first-team player.