We’ve all heard the stories in every window, it seems, for the past few years but this one felt different.
Our need is greater than it’s ever been, a Brown replacement had to be found and with the requisite experience and affection for Celtic … and the logic of it was too strong.
I’ve had a good feeling about this one for the past few days, and if it turns out to be accurate – and The Mail has a good record for this stuff and usually gets it spot on – then it’s a critical gap filled and a critical addition to the squad.
McCarthy is said to be “injury prone”, it’s largely a myth as I pointed out during the week.
He had a spell of bad injuries which lasted a couple of years, but the guy can still do a job for us and he’s at the age where we have to consider him in his peak.
And he gets it, he knows what we’re all about as a club, he understands the requirements here and he will give everything he can for the cause. I love that we’ve finally completed this deal, it’s one I think a lot of us have been waiting on for a long time.
Now it looks as if one of the longest running transfer sagas in the recent history of our club is at an end, and a positive end.
On his day McCarthy will easily be the best midfielder in this league with the possible exception of Callum McGregor.
Pairing them, at last … well, that will go a long way to restoring the feel-good factor right across this club.
It is a significant signing.
It will be an awesome signing.