After signing a five-year-deal with Wigan last night, James McCarthy spoke out about his disappointment in missing out on a dream move to his boyhood heroes Celtic.
The Hoops were always the number one destination of choice for the talented youngster, and speaking to The Daily Record, McCarthy promised he would do all he could to prove Celtic wrong by making a name for himself in the Premier League.
"If Celtic had paid the money I would have been happy to go there as I'm a lifelong fan of the club,” he said. “But Tony Mowbray didn't think I was worth it.
“Peter Lawwell phoned my agent when my dad was there last week and it's great to know that a club of Celtic's stature is interested in you but it wasn't to be.”
He continued: "They [Celtic] haven't paid the money so I'm looking forward to my move down south and Wigan are a club I couldn't knock back. Everything about the place, the manager and the way he wants to play football will suit my style.”
By his own admission, the departure to Wigan is a fantastic opportunity. As well as essentially making him a millionaire overnight, the move will give the creative midfielder the best possible platform to take his career to the next stage:
"Sometimes it's best to move to the bigger picture and I feel I can go to Wigan and prove I am worth the money they have spent on me. I have the faith in my ability to show I'm able to play at this level."