West Brom winger James McClean has spoken of his desire to one day play for Celtic.

The Irish international featured in Scott Brown’s testimonial on Sunday at Celtic Park, and after the game he made the revelation that if he had his way he would have joined the Hoops long ago.

“That’s always been the dream” he told Celtic TV, as reported by the Daily Record transfer blog (09:42).

Unfortunately that’s not up to me. If it was up to me it would have happened a long time ago.

Who knows? Fingers crossed. Maybe one day.”

The 29-year-old is a well-known Hoops fan, and it will be interesting to see if the Hoops attempt to make his dream come true by bidding for the player in the January transfer window.

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Football Insider verdict

McClean’s dream might be to play for the Hoops, and there is no doubt that many fans would like to see him join the club, but at this moment in time there doesn’t seem to be a place for him in the Hoops squad. He is unlikely to displace the likes of James Forrest or Scott Sinclair in the Hoops side, and would be at most a squad player, which probably wouldn’t bother him as he is such a fanatical fan of the Bhoys. Also, when it comes to attacking players, Brendan Rodgers tends to sign players which are more at the start than the end of their careers, and it is unlikely that he is prepared to shell out millions for a 29-year-old. The fee West Brom would be demanding for the player would probably be out of the Hoops’ reach as well, so it seems that McClean will have to be content with making the odd guest appearance at Celtic Park for the time being.

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