Sunday 17 December 2017

McCourt latest Irish star to weigh up MLS switch

FORMER Derry City star Paddy McCourt could join Robbie Keane in the USA as MLS outfit Portland Timbers have expressed an interest in the Northern Ireland man.

McCourt has been at Celtic since 2008 but has struggled this season, with just two SPL starts for Neil Lennon's side.

The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is not expected to be offered a new deal by Lennon, but a January move could be on the cards.

Timbers currently have one Scottish player on the books, former Rangers man Kris Boyd, but the club are aware of McCourt's potential and are lining up a deal, though McCourt will seek assurances on his international future with Northern Ireland before making a move.

Irish stars Robbie Keane, Darren O'Dea and Andy O'Brien all lined out in the MLS last season.

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