Hamilton Accies hero James McCarthy has been linked with a return to the Scottish Premiership with Celtic (DM).

The Republic of Ireland international is the shining light for Hamilton’s academy process. He debuted for Accies at the age of 15 in 2006 to become the youngest player to play for Hamilton in the 21st century. McCarthy has been constantly linked with a move to Celtic since moving to England with Wigan Athletic in 2009.

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The Hamilton hero could return to the SPFL with Celtic. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The midfielder made 99 appearances for Hamilton. He has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace – where he featured alongside fellow Hamilton academy graduate James McArthur – earlier this summer.

Celtic are said to be keeping tabs on McCarthy with a view to moving for him.

There are pictures of the 30-year-old dotted around New Douglas Park and his career is often used a guide for the Scottish Championship club’s younger players, Hamilton putting an emphasis on bringing players from their academy into the first team.

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