Celtic have been dealt a setback in their pursuit of Hibernian winger John McGinn after it emerged that Derby County are lining up a £3million swoop for the midfielder, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun understands that new Rams boss Frank Lampard is targeting the 23-year-old following an impressive season where he received a nomination for a Player of the Year award.
Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for a replacement for Stuart Armstrong who is set to join Southampton and it is thought that McGinn is the man to do that.
Birmingham City are also hot on the heels of the Scottish International who has just one year remaining on his contract at Easter Road.
Football Insider verdict:
This is potentially a massive dent to the Hoops’ hopes of landing the midfielder. Lampard will want to get off to a flyer at Pride Park in his first role as a manager and the lure the former England international could have may well be similar to the effect Steven Gerrard has had across Glasgow, whereby players just want to play for the experience they can get from a legend of the game. The midfielder notched up an impressive six goals and eight assists from the centre of the park and at the same time showed he is not afraid of getting stuck into the thick of the action, picking up 18 yellow cards in 43 games – that was more even that Celtic’s very own combative midfielder Scott Brown who received 14 but only after playing considerably more games. However, the opportunity to play Champions League football – not something he would get at Derby, is sure to play a part in the player’s decision.