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IT’S A SURVIVAL BATTLE FOR JAMIE McCART

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CELTIC’S teenage centre-half Jamie McCart will be concentrating on fighting relegation for the remainder of the season.
While the pacesetting Hoops head for Premiership crown for the sixth successive campaign, the defender will be striving for survival with Inverness Caley Thistle at the other end of the table.
McCart, 19, the son of the Hoops’ Head of Youth Development Chris, agreed a loan with the rock-bottom Highlanders until the end of the campaign.
The youngster was put on the subs’ bench only hours after making the move, but didn’t play as his new temporary team-mates were hammered 3-0 by Hamilton Accies on Tuesday night.
McCart, who made a sub appearance for Brendan Rodgers’ side in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup victory over Motherwell in August, said: “It’s all about playing in the top division in Scotland.
“Obviously, that’s the highest level in this country, so it is going to be a massive jump from the development league.

“Just being constantly around the first-team environment at a different club, learning new routines and things like that, can only benefit me.

“Celtic are obviously the biggest club in Scotland – one of the biggest in the world – so it is going to be a challenge to break through there. But it is a challenge I look forward to.

“I always work hard every day and put in extra hours on the training ground. That’s to make sure I’m giving myself the best opportunity to break into the first team at Celtic.

“Coming here, I’ll do the same – extra hours in the gym and on the training field, just to break into that starting 11.”

Looking at the task ahead with Richie Foran’s team, McCart added: “To be fair, the group is very positive. It’s a great club, a great group of players.

“As soon as I came in, everyone was positive – from the manager right through the club.

“It has been brilliant so far and I can already see it paying off in terms of experience and gaining knowledge for football.

“We’re bottom of the table, but two or three wins and we’re breaking into the top six. That’s how tight it is.

“Everyone in the dressing room has full belief and it is coming down from the manager, who is always preaching positivity. Every day in training everyone is working hard to try and get that win.

“As soon as we get one, we know we can get another and build the momentum we need.”

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