St Johnstone midfielder Craig Bryson believes the Perth club are ‘doing something right’ as Ali McCann becomes the subject of interest from Celtic.
The Northern Irish international has been a success story for St Johnstone this season, who have won the League Cup and are in the Scottish Cup final. Celtic scouted McCann on Sunday during the Scottish Cup semi-final win over St Mirren.
Bryson believes McCann is destined for the top: “He can play anywhere in midfield for us and is very good at whatever he’s asked to do. I couldn’t believe it when I saw he wasn’t on the[Scottish Football Writers’ Association] Young Player of the Year list – until it was pointed out to me that he wasn’t eligible because he’s a Northern Ireland international [only Scots can win the SFWA award].
“He would definitely have been in with a shout of winning it otherwise when you look at the season he’s had with us and the international recognition he’s getting [McCann made his debut for his adopted homeland against Austria in November]. He’s been fantastic.
“I thought he was a really good player when I played against him and I’ve seen the high standards he sets in training every day. You know what you’re going to get every game. He understands his role in the team. The gaffer sometimes gets annoyed because he’s got too much energy and wants to run about too much.
“That was me when I was his age. He’s got a massive future ahead of him. Hopefully he’ll move on to bigger and better things when the time is right for him and St Johnstone. You know the gaffer and the team are doing something right when players are getting linked with other clubs. I hope they stay, but I can see there being a lot of interest in Ali.”
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