St. Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann will be in demand this summer, with his consistent performances earning recognition up and down the country. As Saints fans we are used to our best players being taken by bigger sides and have to accept that we should enjoy our star talents while we have them.
[Ali McCann battles for the ball]
Rarely does a player grab as much attention as youth product Ali McCann, who is one of the best young talents in Scotland and has already established a place in the Northern Ireland squad for the foreseeable future.
McCann has already played 84 games for Saints at the tender age of 21 and has a big future ahead of him. He played a pivotal role in this season's shock cup double and will only get better.
McCann has of course attracted attention from other clubs and it is thought that he could be out the door in the summer transfer window with bids set to come in.
However, it would need to be a considerable fee to prize the Northern Ireland international away from Perth as his current contract runs until 2023. St. Johnstone chairman Steve Brown has come out today and confirmed that it would take a 'Club record fee' for McCann to leave Saints.
Steve Brown said: "There's been interest - Ali in particular, a Northern Ireland international. If the right offer comes along and a player wants to leave, which is another thing you have to take into consideration, then we will sell, but it will be at a price we are happy with."
"If Ali is going to go, it will be north of that figure" [regarding the current club record sale of Callum Davidson to Blackburn Rovers at £1.75m]
"We've always tried to live within our means, but we only have 1500 season ticket holders, so that's challenging in itself,"
"Winning a cup double, you would like to think the people of Perth and beyond would buy a season ticket."
This shows that Brown is considering selling a few of St. Johnstone's top talents but only if the money coming in is right as it will help the club's survival. Clearly clubs have taken note of our recent success and are interested in certain members of the squad.
[Ali McCann on Northern Ireland duty - Image: Presseye]
While it would be sad to see any players leave the club in the summer I have full confidence in the club to replace any out going players, we always have. I mean look at the players who have left in recent years and we have survived, such as Matty Kennedy and Drey Wright last season.
Saints know we will be forced into selling our top talent and Brown doesn't kid himself that it isn't the case which is why we invest so heavily in youth. St. Johnstone constantly produce young talent who make their way into the first team and if Ali McCann leaves although he is a top talent, we can rebuild and replace.
As much as I hope he stays, if McCann does depart in the summer I wouldn't begrudge him it. He is a top player and I hope he reaches the top of the game.
[Ali McCann celebrates with Zander Clark]