Agent: McDonald staying at Celtic

05 January 2010 12:24
Reports claim McDonald is wanted by Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who both watched the Australian score in Sunday's Old Firm derby at Parkhead.[LNB]McDonald headed home the opening goal in the 1-1 draw after coming off the bench in the second half to take his tally for the season to 14.[LNB]Tony Mowbray's desire to refresh his squad has led to speculation that Celtic may sell McDonald in January to finance new signings, but agent Lou Sticca claims the 26-year-old is not keen on a move.[LNB]"I speak to Scott every day, and, as far as I am concerned, he wants to be at Celtic," Sticca told the Evening Times.[LNB]"I have also spoken regularly to Peter Lawwell, and he has told me that Celtic are happy with Scott.[LNB]"If anything does happen, it will be Celtic telling Scott to leave, not Scott asking to go."[LNB]Sticca refuted claims that Mowbray and McDonald, who has hit 64 goals in 128 games since moving from Motherwell, had a fall-out before the visit of Rangers.[LNB]"What we are seeing here is the usual reaction in the media if a club's top scorer is not playing," said Sticca.[LNB]"Scott is doing the business for Celtic, as his goals show."[LNB]Strachan has been linked with a move for several Celtic players, including Barry Robson, Gary Caldwell, Willo Flood and Mark Wilson.[LNB]Flood and Wilson have found first-team chances limited under Mowbray while Celtic could accept a cash offer for Caldwell given that talks over extending the defender's contract beyond the summer hit an impasse months ago.[LNB]Strachan is a big admirer of Robson, who he signed from Dundee United for around £1million, but the Scotland midfielder has been an integral part of Mowbray's team in recent weeks.[LNB]The former Celtic manager, who is reported to have held talks with Rangers striker Kris Boyd's agent, is desperate for additions to his injury-hit Middlesbrough side after winning just two of his first 11 matches in charge.[LNB]"We really need to do something," Strachan said. "We've got plenty of irons in the fire but it's about actually getting them.[LNB]"January is a difficult time to sign players because clubs are reluctant to sell.[LNB]"But I've never been on the phone so much in my life in football management."[LNB][LNB]

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