It has been reported that Ali McCann could stay at St Johnstone beyond the summer transfer window – as the Scottish Premiership club won’t lower their valuation, amid Celtic and EFL interest (Sun).

The Northern Ireland international is valued at £3 million by the League Cup and Scottish Cup holders. Celtic have scouted the midfielder while EFL clubs – mainly in the English Championship – hold an interest in McCann.

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McCann is a wanted man, with Celtic and EFL clubs keeping tabs. (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But Saints will not lower their price, determined to get what they are rightfully owed for a player of McCann’s quality. This remains the case despite the club’s exit from the Europa Conference League against LASK, losing the play-off contest 3-1 on aggregate.

Manager Callum Davidson said:  “I am very proud of my players. You look at the resources that LASK have compared to us, but we saw our team spirit. The outstanding achievements of last season have given us these games to enjoy but for me you want to progress.

“We have competed against top teams in Europe, didn’t let themselves down and we nearly got through. It has given them a taste of European football and I said to them let’s make sure we get that again. It was a great atmosphere and the fans were brilliant. That is what you want at St Johnstone.

“They were performing against a team who have performed at a high level for the past couple of seasons. M players gave me everything they’ve got. LASK have some top players and they were able to change things in the second half. We will refocus straight away and we will move on.”

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