Hibs reject second Celtic bid for John McGinn

Last updated : 22 July 2018 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have today rejected a second Celtic bid for star midfielder John McGinn.

The Glasgow club have apparently followed up last week's low ball offer of £1.5m, with a bid of £1.75m.

Hibs are looking for £3m for the Scotland international, according to reports and the ball is now back in Celtic's court.

McGinn is attracting interest from all over the UK, with a number of English clubs linked with the player.

Derby County, Brighton, Fulham, Bournemouth, and Middlesbrough have all been linked with the former St Mirren youngster in the past.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has admitted it's unsettling the player.

He said:

“Of course it is unsettling for the player.

“This is football, and you can’t stop progress, but all the speculation is not an easy thing for him to deal with. We just need to manage him as best we can until it’s resolved one way or the other. The best thing for him is to play. I’ve seen no ill-effects.

"He was excellent on Sunday [against Blackburn] and played well at Linlithgow. He has a bit of a dead leg but trained well on Wednesday and is available for Runavik.

"You would need to ask Celtic if it’s inevitable that John will go. We’ve had two bids in, which have not been accepted by the club.

"There’s been communication and I think Celtic are aware of what we value John at - they haven’t met that.”

Hibs Mad View:

Still a pretty poor offer. With the add-ons in the deal and the fact the Hibees paid compensation when signing McGinn from St Mirren, at £1.75m, Hibs would probably get less than £1m out the deal.

£2.75m + Scott Allan or a straight £3m sounds fair to us.

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