Hibernian midfielder John McGinn could be joining Celtic in the summer transfer window but only if either Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic quit the club, according to a report.
The Scottish Herald claims that Hibs boss Neil Lennon has been told that the 23-year-old will be sold in the summer if any interested club matches the club’s £5million asking price.
The Celtic duo could face the exit door at the Celtic Park in the coming months as they will both enter the final years of their contract at the end of the season.
However, Celtic would face keen competition with Rangers in the race to sign McGinn as the Daily Record reported that Gers new boss Steven Gerrard is considering a summer swoop for the midfielder.
McGinn doesn’t seem the play Bhoys faithfuls would want to see in their club, but it’s clear that he is probably the best midfielder in the Scottish Premiership outside Celtic and Brendan Rodgers must do all in his power to sign the Scotland international this summer.
Although, Hibs asking fee of £5million might seem too much for Celtic, who most expensive record is only £6million, signing him would be a worthwhile investment. The midfielder could be worth at least double that in a couple of years tearing apart the Celtic Park, and earning medals as well as Champions League experience.
McGinn’s only 23, and he’s future is brighter. It’s likely that the player will leave Hibernian in the summer as he, like Rogic and Armstrong, will enter the last year of his contract. Ideally, Rodgers should look to keep hold of the Australia and Scotland internationals, but if he can replace them with high quality players like McGinn then it should not be a problem at all.