Ali McCann, the £2m-rated natural replacement for Ryan Christie

With the news that Ryan Christie is nearing a move to Bournemouth, Celtic could be set to scamble a replacement on the final day of the transfer window. One name that has been linked with a move this summer is St Johnstone’s Ali McCann.

The box-to-box midfielder was a key part of Callum Davidson’s team that stunned Scottish football by winning both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup last year. He is extremely highly-rated and gets better and better with each performance.

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The 21-year-old has been watched by Celtic before and could add some additional strength in the middle of the park for the club. The high energy performance against Galatasaray earlier this summer was part of an incredible eighteen months in the centre of the park for the Perth side. McCann would likely cost around £2m with Watford, Aston Villa and a number of other sides supposedly keeping tabs on his availability during this window; however, the news that Ryan Christie is nearing an exit could expedite a Celtic move for the young midfielder.

James McCarthy signed during this summer on a free transfer from Crystal Palace and whilst he will add quality to the Celtic midfield, McCann represents a potential hybrid of attacking and defending. In terms of value for the future, McCann can only improve at Celtic and this would also give the club the opportunity to loan a few players to the Saints in order to continue their development but also sweeten the deal for the Perth side.

If Christie is to go tomorrow, Celtic need to act quickly and ensuring that McCann is on the radar would certainly improve Ange Postecoglou’s squad. The centre mid is part of Ian Baraclough’s squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifers but the Edinburgh-born youngster may be able to link up with Celtic before heading off on International duty.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. McCann was excellent last season for the team that over the course of the full season, ultimately proved to be the best and most successful in Scotland by winning two from three trophies.
    Whether he goes to Celtic, (Scotland’s biggest club) or to any other, he will probably shine.
    Good luck to him.
    He was a big part of the successes last season.

  2. Celtic should sign this guy but the priority should be a right back and a central defender. There is no excuse for not covering these positions. It’s not as if we have not known of the weakness in these areas for months. Starfelt is prone to making bad mistakes and Jullien cannot be trusted as he will be injured 50% of the time.