By Frank McAvennie

6th Aug, 2020 | 10:00am

McAvennie Exclusive: Celtic will need to offload before signing 'Wonderful' midfielder

Frank McAvennie has claimed that Celtic would need to offload players before they could justify a move for Crystal Palace midfielder Jame McCarthy.

The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 29-year-old is a “wonderful midfielder” who he admired greatly when playing in Scotland.

It is now widely reported that the Glasgow giants are interested in bringing McCarthy to Parkhead despite a plethora of midfielders already at Neil Lennon’s disposal.

McCarthy grew up a Celtic fan and Graeme Bailey hinted that his affiliation to the club could be a huge factor in a potential deal.

The Republic of Ireland international still has two years left on his contract at Selhurst Park having only signed last summer from Everton.

When asked by Football Insider if he would like to see McCarthy return to Scotland, McAvennie said: “He had an offer from Celtic before he went to England.

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“I would think Lenny would have to offload first if he wanted to bring in a player like that.

“A wonderful midfielder. I used to admire him when we was at Hamilton and he has made his mark down in England with Everton and Crystal Palace. He’s a very good player.”

McCarthy made 35 appearances last season after making a full recovery from a double leg fracture suffered while at Everton in 2018.

When at Hamilton for the 2008/09 season he won the SPFA Young Player of the Year award and shortly after he completed a move to Wigan Athletic.

In other news, McAvennie claims it’s “stupid money” amid big development in Celtic bid to sign Toney.