Brendan Rodgers has put Hibs 23-year-old midfielder John McGinn on a summer shortlist, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that while no bid has been tabled yet, Hibs boss Neil Lennon is resigned to losing him over the summer.
McGinn only has one year left on his contract and will be sold for a seven-figure sum.
The Scottish Sun claim that McGinn would be a replacement for Stuart Armstrong, and that any Celtic deal would likely see Scott Allan move the other way.
Allan spent a year at Hibs before heading back there on loan for the second half of last season.
The Scottish Sun also claims that Sunderland are readying a bid for McGinn and the Daily Record earlier reported that he was a Rangers target too.
Football Insider verdict:
Neil Lennon doesn’t want to lose McGinn this summer but there’s no way he’s going to be able to hold onto him. This always seemed to be shaping up to be a three-way battle and between the three clubs, Celtic hold the ace card. McGinn is a boyhood Celtic fan and a move to Parkhead must be a real pull. Celtic are also able to offer Allan into the deal, who enjoyed a decent loan stint at Easter Road, scoring three goals and adding five assists in 12 league games. McGinn was a mainstay for Lennon last season, with six goals and eight assists in 43 games, but we think he’ll be wearing Hoops next season, with the lure of Steven Gerrard at Rangers not enough to tempt him to the Light Blue side of Glasgow. He’d be a good addition to either Scottish side but we think Celtic will land the first blow in the Old Firm clash.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers was correct to sell Erik Sviatchenko