Celtic interim manager John Kennedy has confirmed that the club’s recruitment department is keeping tabs on St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann.
Speaking ahead of the 4-0 win at Parkhead last night, Kennedy said that the Hoops are tracking the 21-year-old’s development with the player having starred for Callum Davidson’s side this season:
“If there’s good young players in Scotland, then you want to make sure you know about them. He’s obviously one we know well of. There’s no decision over squads or anything but he’s certainly a good, talented young player. It’s good for Scottish football having a player like that coming through.”
Supporters on Twitter think McCann is a player the club should consider buying, although they believe any transfer targets should be left until a new permanent head coach is appointed:
Looks a decent player.
— Kev Murray (@KevMurrayOff) May 12, 2021
Pretty pointless JK saying anything like that, unless the new coach wants him then it's a waste of time ✌🏻🍀
— Sean McLaughlin (@Seanmac1407) May 12, 2021
Good. Get the best scottish talent signed up and build a team from home grown players and youth.
— James (@il_James_li) May 12, 2021
He should only be signed if he is on the new managers radar
— JUNGLE BHOY (@lionsroar67) May 12, 2021
I’d take him Rooney, Doig and Nisbet
— Chalky (@Chalky13330273) May 12, 2021
1. John Kennedy is an irrelevance and won't be in his position for much longer.
2. Even if he was.. he clearly opposes playing any youth so why would he bother looking at another prospect to ruin by leaving them to rot on the bench?
— Rubber Bumpers (@TrumpFragile) May 12, 2021
McCann has been an integral part of St Johnstone’s incredible campaign which sees them on the verge of a historic domestic cup double. In 42 appearances this season, he has scored two goals and provided two assists.
Those stats don’t tell the whole story, though. He is the archetypal box to box midfielder, equally capable of breaking up opposition attacks or setting up chances for his teammates. It is understandable why Celtic scouts are keeping an eye on him.