STOKE CITY boss Michael O’Neill has adressed rumours linking James McClean to Celtic.

The former Northern Ireland boss has left the winger out of two matchday squads this year, despite his form last season.

This has prompted McClean to be heavily linked to Neil Lennon's men. Stoke are known to be in a vulnerable position in this transfer window, due to Financial Fair Play they may have to sell players at a cut price.

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But, despite this O'Neill denied that the boyhood Celtic fan could be on his way to Parkhead.

According to Stoke-on-Trent Live, O'Neill said: "I think that’s probably just a rumour that’s been created by someone - and it certainly hasn’t come from our end. James isn’t a player, equally, that we are looking to lose at this minute in time.

"The nature of the transfer window is such that you have to be flexible and if any situation arises with any player you have to give it consideration, particularly where we are at this minute in time.