Chris Sutton has claimed that Celtic will have a lot of money to play around with in the summer transfer window thanks to their recent campaigns in the Champions League.
The BT Sport pundit believes that Brendan Rodgers must use that cash to sign up the £5million-rated John McGinn from Hibernian, who he says would be a brilliant long-term successor to Hoops captain Scott Brown.
Hibs manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that he would want the bidding to start at £5million for the Scotland international, who was the subject of an offer from Nottingham Forest last summer.
And Sutton has urged Celtic to go out and wrap up a deal for the midfield maestro in the summer as he enters the final year of his contract at Easter Road.
“Brendan Rodgers said there was no contest between Scott Brown and John McGinn,” said Sutton on the Daily Record website.
“Well as far as I’m concerned there’s been no contest between the Hibs man and the rest of the Premiership midfielders when it comes to who has been the most impressive behind the Celtic captain this season.
“That’s why I reckon this summer is the time for Rodgers to bring the three of them together.”
He added: “McGinn did the job with the same type of aplomb in midweek. It was almost like a dress rehearsal for what may lie ahead.
“He knows the league, he knows the club, he knows what is required and Celtic can afford it. Their bank vault is full of Champions League cash.”
Football Insider verdict
The issue for McGinn would be that he is getting to the peak of his career and he may not want to wait around for Brown to retire before he can make an impact at a bigger club. The Celtic midfield is already inundated and that means that the Scotland international may have little chance of playing consistently over the next one or two campaigns. There has been reports of Premier League interest in the 23-year-old and surely he would pick a move south of the border, especially if he has more of a chance of playing first-team football and he is offered more money. McGinn will be 24 this year and he cannot be waiting around for first-team chances.