Greek Tragedy – Celtic reject offer for James McCarthy

Quite remarkably, Celtic have reportedly rejected an offer from Volos FC for forgotten midfielder James McCarthy, according to an update from Anthony Joseph.

Livingston v Celtic – James McCarthy in action during Celtic’s cinch Premiership defeat at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston on Sunday September 19, 2021. Photo Andrew Milligan

The Greek side wanted to take the midfielder on loan until the end of the season but according to the Sky Sports reporter Celtic have rejected the proposal. Hopefully that is because there is another exit plan in the offing for a player who was given a long term contract, and apparently a lucrative contract but was seldom used by Ange Postecoglou and never used by his successor Brendan Rodgers.

However it seems that the knock back of the Greek offer is down to the size of contribution Volos FC would be making to McCarthy’s hefty pay-packet.

Anthony Joseph reports as follows:

‘Celtic have rejected an offer from Greek side Volos FC for James McCarthy. The Super League outfit had wanted to take the midfielder on loan until the end of the season. The Scottish Premiership leaders wanted a larger percentage of the midfielder’s wage covered so knocked back the approach. McCarthy hasn’t featured for Celtic since October 2022.’

McCarthy has had a couple of games with the Celtic B Team towards the end of last season as he winds down his playing career while contributing next to nothing.

Livingston v Celtic -James McCarthy is fouled during the cinch Premiership match at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston. Picture date: Sunday September 19, 2021. Photo Andrew Milligan

Brendan Rodgers has talked about cutting the overall size of the squad by shipping out fringe players who can’t get game-time but as taking up space at Lennoxtown. James McCarthy isn’t even on the fringes of the Celtic squad and if no deal can be done to get him out the door in this window then an agreement should be reached to terminate his contract early.

Maybe he could do a job for Scott Brown down at Ayr Utd?

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

1 Comment

  1. Who gave an old croc of a player a five year contract, IMO there must have been some kind of kickback, in other words FRAUD with our fucking money , no one has ever made a big deal about it ,not any fan site or mainstream media , it should be highlighted and investigated IMO as its a perfect example of what’s wrong at our club , Hail hail .