Accies won't sell McCarthy yet
Hamilton chairman Ronnie MacDonald says there is no pressure for James McCarthy to be sold.
Last Updated: 23/12/08 9:43am
Hamilton Academical chairman Ronnie MacDonald says there is no pressure for James McCarthy to be sold in January.
Highly-rated midfielder McCarthy has been linked with a string of leading clubs during the past two years, with Liverpool and Barcelona among his admirers.
The 18-year-old has impressed in the SPL and is also closing in on his first cap for the Republic of Ireland senior side.
His progress has led to speculation he could move on in January, but MacDonald believes there is no rush for McCarthy to leave for a bigger club.
Not right time
"James is always going to attract interest and there may well come a time in the future where we get a bid that suits us and the player," MacDonald told the Daily Record.
"But it will also have to be right for James. A big Spanish club may want him and if I think it's going to suit James I'll say, 'Get on that plane'.
"Now is not that time. He's on the brink of a full Republic of Ireland cap and I know they think he's the next big thing since Roy Keane.
"If that's the case it's clearly money in the bank for both Hamilton and James so I would be nuts to agree to sell him now.
"There is no financial pressure for us to sell. When I came to the club we had £4.5m of debt, but I've worked on it to get it down and we want to keep James as long as possible."