By Harry Sykes
Rangers have been installed joint favourites to sign Hibernian midfield goal machine John McGinn in the January transfer window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Bet Victor priced Pedro Caixinha’s side at 8/1 on Thursday afternoon to complete a deal for the central midfielder, 22, before 3rd February.
Rangers and Celtic are equal favourites for McGinn’s signature, with the duo ahead of Newcastle United and four English Championship clubs, Hull City, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Norwich City (all 10/1).
McGinn is in fine form after scoring a double for Hibs last weekend in their memorable 2-2 draw against Celtic at Parkhead.
He has adjusted well to life in the Scottish Premiership after an outstanding campaign in 2016-17, in which he scored five goals and 10 assists from 37 matches as Neil Lennon’s outfit cruised to the Championship title.
Glasgow-born McGinn, who joined Hibs from St Mirren in the summer of 2015, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2019.
McGinn is in the running to play for Scotland in their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Thursday night after injuries ruled out Celtic duo Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong.
Scotland head into the last two games of their qualifying campaign knowing two victories – against Slovakia on Thursday, and away to Slovenia on Sunday – will guarantee second spot in Group F and almost certainly a play-off berth.
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