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McCarthy rules out loan move

James McCarthy scored his first goal for Wigan Athletic in the 4-1 win over Hull City and then ruled out returning to Scotland on loan.

Celtic and Hamilton have been linked with a loan deal to give the 18-year-old first team football, but the midfielder is determined to make the grade at Wigan.

The Ireland U21 international said: "To get my first start on Saturday was a big enough thrill for me, but to score as well was just brilliant.

"It was an amazing feeling but I've waited long enough for it to come.

"I know it was the FA Cup but they're a Premier League side, so you've got to take confidence from it and enjoy it. Since I arrived it's been tough to try and get a chance but I think the manager was happy with the way I played.


"The manager told me during the week to prepare myself for the weekend. When he told me I started to get excited. He pulled me aside and congratulated me after the game.

"Now I just need to keep my head down and continue to work hard."

McCarthy has been put on an extensive training programme by the Wigan medics and is feeling the benefits of the extra work that he has put in. After more than 100 appearances for Hamilton, McCarthy has had to bide his time at Wigan but he has no plans to go out on loan.

He added: "I know there's been talk of me going back to Accies but I think it's important to stay here until the end of the season.

"I want to try and get as many games between now and the summer. This is where I want to be."