St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann has been backed for the top by former mentor Stuart Millar amid Celtic interest in the midfielder.

The Glasgow club scouted McCann during St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup semi-final win over St Mirren while interim Celtic manager John Kennedy confirmed the club had him on their radar. Former Stranraer director of football Millar brought McCann to his club on loan when the midfielder was 19.

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McCann is wanted by Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

And he is delighted to see him shine brightly now, McCann a fully-fledged Northern Ireland international (Daily Record): “I saw Ali playing for St Johnstone’s reserves and you could see how technically gifted he was. There is always the concern that younger players will be proven to be a bit lightweight and not cope with the physicality.

“But that wasn’t the case with Ali. He came to Stranraer and was a revelation from day one. He looked very mature, had quality on the ball and the physicality did not faze him. He has adapted to every challenge and step up so far and I have got no doubt he would handle a move to Celtic. It would be great to see him get that.

“His loan spell was successful because he was very low maintenance. There were no airs or graces and he just wanted to play football.”

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