West Brom and Ireland winger James McClean may have just put himself in the shop window ahead of the summer transfer window – and it presents Celtic with the perfect chance to snap him up.
McClean, 29, has long-desired to play for his boyhood club and made comments earlier this season that he would “give anything” to move to Parkhead before the end of his career.
The Republic of Ireland international is now facing relegation from the Premier League with West Brom and he has dropped a major hint that he will be looking for an exit in the upcoming transfer window to keep safeguard his top-flight career.
“Everyone wants to play Premier League football so I do think there will obviously be a lot of people looking at their next move or their future come the summer if the inevitable happens and we do go down,” said McClean, as quoted by the Express and Star.
“The fans just see it as if you do go down and players leave then you’re a snake, or you’ve taken the club for a ride and this and that.
“But we’ve got families as well, we need to look after them. We’ve also got a career to look after as well, we want to be the best we can be. You have to look after yourself first and foremost.”
West Brom were reported to have rejected an £8million bid from Burnley for McClean last summer and the Telegraph has previously claimed that the Black Country club are considering cashing in on him.
Celtic could do with strengthening on their left-hand side with Scott Sinclair’s form dropping off and the need of a back-up option to Kieran Tierney at left-back.
Although he is natural a winger, McClean has done a job at left-back for the Baggies and he would be a clever addition to the team as Rodgers looks to continue his rotation policy to ensure better results in Europe.
McClean is a huge Celtic fan and while he may cause more trouble than he is worth, now is the best time for Rodgers to go out and grant the wishes of those supporters who adore the West Brom star.
In other Celtic news, McClean has taken a swipe at Rangers after the Hoops won the Scottish title.