Ali McCann has ambitions as a footballer – but it’s all eyes on St Johnstone for the time being.

The talented midfielder has been linked to Celtic in recent days. Reports have claimed that Celtic scout Tosh McKinlay was at St Johnstone’s recent match with Motherwell to take a look at McCann.

St. Johnstone v Motherwell - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

McCann has reportedly been watched by Celtic (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

St Johnstone’s talented prospect is taking nothing to do with it. For him, the main aim is to perform at McDiarmid Park: “If there’s any speculation I don’t take notice of it.

“I just keep my head down and keep doing what I’m doing in the best way I can. Hopefully that will mean I keep producing good performances. You’ve got to be ambitious. You want to do as well as possible and go as high in the game as you can in your career.

 

“But you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. I just want to make sure I’m doing my best for St Johnstone.”

St. Johnstone v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Celtic interest shows how far he’s come. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This all comes off the back of McCann’s Northern Ireland debut last week, where he featured against Austria and Romania. After performing well and learning from record appearance holder Steven Davis, McCann is keen to continue developing.

“Just being in and around people like that is brilliant,” McCann said. “They helped me whenever they could. There were more interviews after the Northern Ireland games.

“I’m not great at them – I just throw as many clichés out as I can! A typical footballer, I suppose. The more bits of knowledge you can pick up, the better. It can only benefit you going forward.

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McCann’s on the international scene. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“It wasn’t a case of going up to them to ask questions. It’s about seeing how they go about things. If I can have a career that gets anywhere near to the likes of Steven Davis, then I’ll be very happy.”

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