James McClean says Celtic board are scared of 'drama' after 10 years of trying to make dream transfer happen

James McClean is a massive Celtic fan
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James McClean has blamed the Celtic board for denying him a dream move to Parkhead.

The Republic of Ireland legend, 35, was linked constantly with a switch to Glasgow throughout his career after openly declaring his love for the Hoops. But McClean's affection for the club never resulted in any concrete interest from the Scottish champions.

Now in the twilight years of his career playing for Wrexham, McClean will always look back with regret at not being offered the chance to play for his boyhood heroes. And the veteran winger has pointed the finger at the Celtic hierarchy for refusing to even entertain the prospect - accusing them of being 'scared of drama'.

McClean made the claim as he responded to Adam Idah's farewell post urging the club to "sign him up". Idah shared a highlights reel of his six-month loan stint at Parkhead last night thanking fans for their support and wishing the club "the best of luck for the future".

Boss Brendan Rodgers has made it crystal clear that he'd love to sign the Scottish Cup-winning goal hero on a permanent basis this summer, but any deal would require the cash-rich Double-winners to shell out upwards of £6million. McClean joined the thousands of fans who flooded Idah with comments urging him to stay and responded to one punter who questioned why he never joined the club. McClean said: "Tried for 10 years, board s*** scared of 'drama'."

Derry-born McClean has been criticised throughout his career for refusing to wear a poppy on his shirt during games across Remembrance weekend and has also come under fire for turning his back on the God Save The King national anthem. McClean has stated his reasons are due to his affinity with Derry and the role of the British Army in the Troubles and Bloody Sunday.