By David Woods

12th May, 2018 | 5:13pm

Johnstone: There is no chance of Mark Allen pulling off this summer deal for Rangers

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has poured cold water on Rangers’ hopes of signing Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

Talking on Superscoreboard, as quoted in the Scottish Sun, Johnstone claimed the player has too much Celtic in his background to move to Ibrox.

McGinn’s grandfather is a former Celtic chairman and a lot of his family are Celtic supporters.

“He’s got pace, he’s box-to-box, he can pass the ball. He can score goals, take free-kicks. For me, he is a wonderful player,” Johnstone said.

“But I don’t think he will go to Rangers, that is for sure.

“We are all aware his whole family are Celtic, his grandfather Jack McGinn, is an ex-chairman of Celtic. I don’t think there is any chance of that happening.”

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The Daily Record has claimed that Rangers are interested in McGinn after watching him for months, and that the decision is now Steven Gerrard’s to make.

Football Insider verdict:

We know there’s huge rivalry between Rangers and Celtic, but every time there’s an appointment or a rumour these sort of claims come out – and it’s a bit stupid. As soon as Gerrard was linked with the club, Twitter lit up with claims that he was a Celtic fan, that he had a signed Celtic shirt on his wall, and that he’d never go to Ibrox. Guess what? If McGinn wants to go to Rangers and progress his career under Gerrard, and Rangers want him and can afford the asking price, then he’ll come to Ibrox whether his family are Celtic supporters or not. Rangers have to get whoever they can to strengthen their side and McGinn is one of the best midfielders in the Premiership. Being a Rangers supporter isn’t mandatory to play for the club and while we’re not suggesting someone like Scott Brown would consider Ibrox, for most players it’s just not a consideration. Rangers are a huge club and the majority of pro players would be honoured to come and play in front of the Ibrox fans.    

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