Evening Times report that Hibernian are set to lose out on John McGinn to Celtic as the Hoops close in on prizing the midfielder away. The 23-year-old is believed to have spoken with officials of Hibernian and made clear his desire of joining the Green and White army.
Having spent 3 long seasons at Hibernian playing a key role in the middle of the park, the midfielder believes it is now time to make the transition from Neil Lennon’s team to that of Brendan Rodgers’. McGinn was not included in the squad that routed NSI Runavik from the Faroe Island, 6-1 during their Europa League qualifying tie.
Manager Lennon admitted that his exclusion from the team was solely down to injury setback but then succumbed to the fact that McGinn was not mentally ready to be a part of their Europa League qualifier as reports linking him with Celtic had gone viral which excited the nerves of the 23-year-old.
Celtic put in some strong showings in their league and domestic cup runs as they went on to lift the treble for the second time in a row. Their European displays, however, look well below par for a club of their stature. Celtic scored 73 goals and conceded 25 on their journey to lift the Scottish League title for the 49th time in their history. Adding a player of McGinn’s quality to an already well polished Celtic team will only strengthen their chances to leapfrog fierce rivals Rangers’ record of being adorned as the most successful team in Scotland’s ranks.
The Scottish international has made 9 appearances for the senior national squad ever since his debut as a 21-year-old and is now an important part of the National team setup. He is versatile in the midfield area and his strengths lie in the role of a central midfielder. However, if called upon, McGinn can seamlessly fill in the role at left midfield. Discipline is a virtue to have and McGinn can be trusted in the role of a defensive midfielder.
McGinn will be out of contract next year and in-turn would become a free agent. Hibernian will do well to sell their young talent before the close of the current transfer window in order to make a monetary gain at the expense of Celtic. The Hoops are also keen to sign the player this window as they do not want to waste the opportunity to further strengthen their squad with the likes of a future prospect. A new journey awaits young McGinn as he prepares to embark on the road to stardom.