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James McCarthy to Celtic 'explored' as free agent midfielder in line for switch to boyhood club

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Celtic - according to reports. Ange Postecoglou is seeking a signing tonic after a nightmare start to the season in the wake of defeats to Midtjylland and Hearts.

And now the Daily Mail state Celtic are "exploring" a deal for the 30-year-old who has been without a club since leaving Selhurst Park in the summer.

The Republic of Ireland international was a solid contributor under Roy Hodgson but he was one of 14 players who were released at the end of last season.Celtic are in need of strengthening in a number of key areas and McCarthy is adept at fulfilling a number of roles in the midfield.Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada and Carl Starfelt have arrived but Postecoglou has made it clear more players are needed before the close of the window at.

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