Hibernian midfielder John McGinn has been widely tipped as a possible transfer target for Celtic in the summer but Rangers director of football Mark Allen should get in before his side’s bitter rivals and bring the Scotland international to Ibrox instead.
The former St. Mirren star has been a stand-out at Easter Road and with only a year left on his contract, Hibs are likely to want to cash in on their prized asset this summer rather than lose him for free next year.
The Daily Mail has reported that Celtic are interested in signing the midfield dynamo and if he was to join Brendan Rodgers’ side he’d have a real struggle on his hands to immediately get a place in the starting XI while a move to Ibrox would almost certainly see him a mainstay in the side.
McGinn has been one of the best players in Scotland over the last few years and although Hibs manager Neil Lennon has put a £5million price-tag on the playmaker’s head, Hibs will do a deal for much less if it looks like they will walk away empty-handed.
With the Gers having a wealth of midfielders at their disposal any move for McGinn may hinge on getting others off the books and freeing up some wages and reducing the size of the bloated squad.
A lot could also hinge on whether Celtic make a move for the midfielder or not but if the Hoops look to be dragging their feet then Allen must swoop in and bring McGinn to the Gers.