Neil Lennon is convinced Celtic will win the forthcoming Old Firm derby

By Amir Mir

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has admitted he “cannot stand in the way of progress” if Celtic make a move for his star player John McGinn.

The 22-year-old midfielder has impressed under Lennon this season which has seen them earn promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

Lennon, who will now be a top-flight manager, raved about his “brilliant” player, who he believes has already “done a lot” in his short career.

Over the course of the season, the likes of Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong have played in the middle of the park for Brendan Rodgers side.

Speaking to BT Sports official Periscope account, Lennon admitted that he could sell his highly-rated youngster to the Scottish champions.

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“He is a brilliant player,” Lennon told BT Sports. “He is only 22 and he has done a lot in his career already. Obviously, I would be very unwilling to sell, but sometimes you cannot stand in the way of progress.

“If Celtic do or if anyone else comes in with a bid then it is obviously something we have to think about.”

McGinn has played 37 matches in all competitions for Hibs this season, scoring five goals and supplying ten assists.

The Glasgow-born player made his debut for his home country in March 2016, representing Scotland on three occasions.

Two of those matches were international friendlies against Denmark and Canada, including an important World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

If McGinn were to move to Parkhead in the summer then it would be difficult for him to dethrone Brown and Armstrong from the starting XI.

The duo have been key members of Rodgers side, who are on the verge of going the entire domestic season, which could result in them winning the treble.

In other Celtic transfer news, a Premier League manager has responded to interest in the club’s goal machine (not Moussa Dembele). 

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