Celtic have scouted Ali McCann twice this season – and now St Johnstone want a staggering fee for the Northern Ireland international.

The midfielder has been immense for St Johnstone and he was key in helping the club secure a historic League Cup and Scottish Cup double in the 2020/21 season. McCann was scouted by Celtic in November 2020 and again before the Scottish Cup semi-final match between St Johnstone and St Mirren.

McCann has been scouted by Celtic and scored his first international goal this week following an immense season with St Johnstone.

McCann has been scouted by Celtic and scored his first international goal this week following an immense season with St Johnstone. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Saints want a record fee for McCann but there recent demand might be enough to put Celtic off for some time. McCann scored his first goal for Northern Ireland against Malta this week, and responding to the strike, St Johnstone said: “That’ll be 40 million now.”

McCann’s first goal came in a 3-0 win over Malta, Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough saying of McCann before the game: “His story and upward curve has been phenomenal. I’ve mentioned about Ethan (Galbraith) and Alfie (McCalmont) and Ali was in the same under-21s group.

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“We gave him his chance and he dealt with his debut and his subsequent games after that well. He’s developing very well and to have the Scottish League and FA Cup double at his age with a team like St Johnstone is great.

“No disrespect but I think we would all have expected Celtic and Rangers to be going for those trophies and St Johnstone’s success is brilliant and Ali has been at the forefront of that. Monitoring him throughout the season, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went on to pastures new.”

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