Hibernian midfielder John McGinn has admitted that he wants to go to a club where he will “improve” as reports link him with moves to both sides of the Old Firm.
The Scottish Sun reports that Steven Gerrard is an admirer of the 23-year-old while Celtic have been constantly linked with a swoop for the midfielder – whose grandfather is a former Hoops chairman.
McGinn said both are “massive clubs” but wouldn’t commit to a move away from Hibs – but with only one year left on his contract the Easter Road side are likely to want to cash in.
“They’re both massive clubs but at the same time, it’s not for me to comment on,” McGinn said during BT Sport’s coverage of the incredible 5-5 draw between Rangers and Hibernian, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I’ve got another year here.
“I’m sure the media will have their ideas where they want me to go – I just want to go where I’ll improve.
“If that’s this year or next year then who knows?”
Football Insider verdict:
After Hibs assistant manager Garry Parker said McGinn will cost the Gers “all of their money” there’s little chance of a move to Ibrox for the Scotland international unless the Easter Road side soften their stance. If Hibs do insist on a record fee between two Scottish clubs then the Gers should let Celtic have him and spend their money elsewhere. Throwing money at a player who often doesn’t show up in Hibs biggest games and has only just completed his first season of top-flight football, it would be crazy to spend big money on him. There could be a loophole for the Gers though with the ‘Webster Rule’ which allows players to leave three years into a four-year contract – but would see the Light Blues have to fork out compensation. That would be a gamble but would likely see the Gers have to shell out much less, although they only have 15 days to get the ball rolling.