Jim Goodwin reckons Jamie McGrath could go on to play for a club like Celtic – but not before he contributes more at St Mirren.

The Irish midfielder has been brilliant for Goodwin’s team this season, scoring 15 goals with five assists from midfield. It’s resulted in inevitable speculation elsewhere, with Goodwin believing he could reach such heights as Celtic or the English leagues.

McGrath has been backed for the likes of Celtic and England.

St Mirren star McGrath has been backed for the likes of Celtic and England. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Asked if McGrath could play for one Scotland’s top two clubs in Celtic or Rangers and down south, Goodwin said: “I absolutely do. He’s at a great age and he’s taken his game to a whole new level in the last 10 months. He has everything you would look for in a player. Jamie has been one of our star performers all season.

“I have had a number of conversations with managers out there regarding Jamie. But we’re lucky we’ve got him tied up for next season so I’m planning for next season with McGrath in our team. If somebody comes in with an outrageous bid in the summer then who knows what could happen.

“It would need to be a huge sum of money (for us to sell) because a hundred grand just isn’t going to cut it. We wouldn’t be able to replace Jamie McGrath with £100,000 or £200,000. There has been no cash put on the table yet but I have had at least three managers from England and one from Scotland asking about him.

“People can talk about selling but we’re very fortunate that we’re in a position as a club where we don’t need to sell anybody. We’re trying to build something here and this is the very early stages of a big project we’re working on.”

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