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13th Nov, 2017 | 4:43pm

BT Sport pundit: Celtic may be keeping close eye on this top-flight dynamo

By James Black

BT Sport pundit Michael Stewart admits it “would not surprise” him to see Hibs star John McGinn as Celtic’s long-term replacement for Scott Brown.

The 23-year-old midfielder took Brown’s place in the heart of the Scotland midfield against Holland as he picked up his fifth cap for his country.

McGinn was a stand-out for Neil Lennon’s Hibs side as they stormed to promotion from the Scottish Championship last season chipping in with five goals and ten assists.

McGinn has carried that on into the Scottish top-flight during the early part of this season, scoring three goals and providing three assists so far in 20 appearances.

Stewart doesn’t think it was coincidence McGinn was handed Brown’s number 8 jersey against the Dutch and reckons the Hoops are keeping tabs on the midfielder.

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“I don’t think it was a coincidence John McGinn wore Scott Brown’s No. 8 shirt against the Netherlands,” Stewart said in his column for the Scottish Sun.

“Because if he keeps going the way he is I can eventually picture him doing the same for Scotland and perhaps even Celtic further down the line.

“So it would not surprise me in the slightest if Celtic are keeping a very close eye on John right now.

“But you look at Brown and John McGinn and the similarities are there for everyone to see.

Midfield dynamo McGinn stole the show in the recent 2-2 draw between Celtic and Hibs at Celtic Park – netting twice for the Hibees only for Callum McGregor to salvage a draw for the Hoops.

The 23-year-old is under contract at Easter Road until the end of next season and Hibs would almost certainly be looking for a bumper deal if they were to let their prized asset leave Scotland’s capital to head along the M8.

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