James McClean:

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  1. Notorious Gold Member Gold Member

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    Not really Celtic Chat I know but this is a good interview



    http://www.celticfc.net/news/13687













    JAMES McClean wears his heart on his sleeve and that includes his affection for his boyhood heroes, Celtic.

    The Republic of Ireland internationalist grew up supporting the club in his home city of Derry, and his passion for the Hoops has never diminished as he has forged a successful career in English football at Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and, currently, West Bromwich Albion.

    Despite his professional commitments, he attends games at Celtic Park as much as possible and he never hides his backing for the Bhoys on social media. When Brendan Rodgers’ side clinched a sixth successive league title last season on their way to becoming Treble Invincibles, the 28-year-old donned the Hoops and posted a picture on Instagram to express his delight.

    These visible shows of support and his inspirational displays for his country during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign have increased his popularity among the Celtic fanbase, particularly the Irish-based supporters.

    His lifelong ambition is to run out in Paradise and play for the club of his dreams but, at the moment, he is fully focused on helping the revive the fortunes of West Brom, who recently appointed Alan Pardew as manager after a disappointing run of results.

    Taking his time out of his busy schedule, the winger was delighted to speak exclusively to the Celtic View and chat at length about his lifelong Celtic love affair...

    Where does your love of Celtic stem from?
    Growing up where I did, there is a massive Celtic influence. Where I am from, you are born into it and you grow up with it and ever since then, it’s been a love affair. It’s a club that I grew up supporting as wee boy and I have taken that on. It’s a club that means a lot to me. You’re born into it and grow up with it. You have your Man United and Liverpool fans but where I grew up is predominantly a Celtic area. You’re taken to the bars and watch the games, like the Glasgow derbies. You take a love to it and it’s pretty special.

    What is your Celtic highlight?
    Being a Celtic fan, it would probably be last season and the club doing the unbeaten treble. It’s incredible to do any league season unbeaten, but to do it with the cup games and win the treble is very special, and the unbeaten run is still going. There was the European run under Martin O’Neill and getting to Seville, but last season, in terms of going the season unbeaten and winning a treble was pretty special. As good as Martin O’Neill’s treble in his first season, it was eclipsed by last season, for me, because of the unbeaten run.

    Is it still an aspiration for you to wear the Hoops one day?
    It’s always been a dream of mine. If I retire from football and never get to pull on the green-and-white jersey and run out at Celtic Park, it will be a massive regret for me. It’s a dream I have never shied away from expressing. If that dream did come true, which I hope it does, it would mean a lot to me and fingers crossed it can happen.
     
  2. Gabriel Fuck Lawwell Gold Member

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    Many of us share his dream of seeing him pull on the hoops soon rather than later
     
  3. Jack Torrance Heeeeeere's Johnny! Gold Member

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    Surprised the club would put that out there if there was nothing to it..
     
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    Hopefully his dream remains a dream.
     
  5. andybhoy94 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Have nothing against the guy and the * he puts up with in England is a disgrace but he's not good enough for us, we can't sign every player that supports us.
     
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  7. Norm Peterson Gold Member Gold Member

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    Must admit, I think it’s a strange one myself...

    I don’t think the club would touch him really as his politics would cause the media to have a field day in Scotland, and he’d become a Lennon-esque hate figure.
     
  8. Blochairnbhoy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Just said that to one of the lassies in the office there
     
  9. Blochairnbhoy Gold Member Gold Member

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    * sign him today then! * this backward little bigoted country and the media shower eh Masonic *!
     
  10. Mr Shelby I am the son and heir Gold Member TalkCeltic Staff News Writer

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    Me and you both James.

    No ta however.
     
  11. Senna s1979 Gold Member Gold Member

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    What did she say?
     
  12. Blochairnbhoy Gold Member Gold Member

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    aye something in it lol
     
  13. The GOAT 2 x BOTB winner Gold Member

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    We've got positions that are much higher priority. Don't think we'll sign him.
     
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    Defo gotta be something there then have never ever seen celtic do anything like this with a player that doesnt play for us strange indeed
     
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    Whats new then ,,,, fukin media hate us anyway so it wouldnt make any difference
     
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  16. PaulM1888 Gold Member Gold Member

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    It would be good for bantz.
     
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    He’d become more hated than Neil Lennon. He’s also not good enough.
     
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    The poppy day fiasco would be interesting thats for sure :50::ireland::lager:
     
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    Depends on the price for me but I don’t think we would have to pay over the top and evidently he isn’t going to demand unreasonable wages either.

    He’d push Sinclair harder for his position than Hayes would that is for sure.. think he’d be a very useful player in Europe for us when backs against the wall, was a good outlet for Ireland in the last campaign and scored some vital goals against decent opposition. He can also be a great impact player.
     
  20. Idioteque Gold Member Gold Member

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    I was thinking this myself, kinda surprised so many people wouldn’t take him. If we could et him for the right price I’d be all for it
     
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