James McClean makes 's*** scared' claim as he responds to Celtic question

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James McClean has revealed he was keen to join boyhood heroes Celtic for over a decade but claims the Hoops' board were "s*** scared of the drama". The Derry native says he would have loved a move to Parkhead but it never materialised during his career.

The 35-year-old is in the twilight of his career and currently plays for Wrexham. And one regret he may retire with is not getting the chance to don the Celtic jersey.

McClean responded to international team-mate Adam Idah’s farewell message on Instagram to urge him to continue living the dream he has never managed to realise.

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Cork native Idah netted the Scottish Cup final winner against Rangers at Hampden Park on Saturday but the striker is on loan from Norwich City with the double winners looking to make the move permanent.

Fans flooded Idah’s social media page, begging him sign and McClean got in on the act. But when one supporter asked him to sign as well, he replied to say: “Tried for 10 years, board s**** scared of the ‘drama’.”

The Derry-born player has courted controversy during his career for refusing to wear a poppy and posing in a balaclava in front of his children for a “school history lesson”, reports the Daily Record.

McClean appeared at Parkhead six years ago when he turned out for Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial and revealed how he was close to signing at one stage – only for Celtic to sign flop Dutch winger Derk Boerrigter.

He said: “Look, if it was up to me I’d have been a Celtic player a long time ago. When I was leaving Sunderland, you get the rumour pages and I saw one saying Celtic had a bid accepted for me and I remember being buzzing.

"At the time it was under Paolo Di Canio and it was in my head that I was leaving anyway. I thought this is it! But absolutely nothing came of it. They signed Derk Boerrigter instead. For one reason or another over the last few years it hasn’t happened - but it hasn’t been for the want of trying.

“The way it is where I’m from, you’ve got two teams. I was a Manchester United fan but everyone’s a Celtic fan back home and as you get older, it was more Celtic than United.

"Celtic’s definitely the one. I’ve been to plenty of games, as far back as when Martin (O’Neill) was the manager, my first game was when they beat Hearts 2-1 at Hampden and Craig Bellamy scored. That shows you how far back that was.”

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