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Strachan coy over move for Everton's McFadden

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan remains tight-lipped on his quest to bring James McFadden to Parkhead.

The Everton striker, who is used mostly as a squad player for the Goodison club, has been linked with a move to his boyhood heroes for most of the season./news/story?id=493541&cc=

Everton chief executive Keith Wyness revealed that the SPL champions had made an unsuccessful bid over the weekend to bring the Scotland international to Parkhead on a loan deal.

However, Strachan was reluctant to elaborate on what his next step will be, if any, saying: 'January is when the cards are on the table and we will see what happens then.'

Strachan hinted that he will make changes for the trip to Tannadice on Boxing Day and may bring back out-of-favour stopper Bobo Balde who has not played first team football for a year.

The Celtic boss criticised his defence after dropping two points against Hibernian on Saturday and ahead of the trip to play Dundee United at Tannadice on Boxing Day, he said: 'Everybody who is here is in my thoughts. Bobo trains with the first team every week.

'There is a squad of 20 over the Christmas period that we have kept together and if he wasn't in my thoughts then he wouldn't be here.

'If everything is going well and you are winning every game then you are reluctant to make changes because you think that is the team that is feeling good about themselves.

'You take in to account the weather conditions and under-foot conditions and if they are perfect then you might decide on not too many changes but if it is heavy going then you might decide you have to.

'I will look at the weather and everything else but it would be nice to freshen things up now and then because it is a difficult period coming up.'