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5th Jun, 2018 | 5:08pm

'We've been talking' - Lennon provides update on reported Celtic and Rangers target

Neil Lennon has admitted that Hibernian are still in discussions with John McGinn, in an attempt to keep him at the club long-term.

The 23-year-old midfielder is in high-demand, the Scottish Sun reporting that he is on a shortlist of Celtic targets, whilst the Daily Record revealed that Steven Gerrard wanted to make him one of his first big signings as Rangers manager.

According to Lennon, there is no movement on the player’s situation at this moment in time.

“There’s been a lot of speculation about John” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“That’s the circumstances he’s in, with a year left on his contract and the kind of player he is.

“We’ve been talking to John for quite a while. Nothing is forthcoming, but never say never.”

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McGinn was one of Hibernian’s star men last season, and particularly excelled in matches against both halves of the Old Firm.

Football Insider verdict

Judging by Neil Lennon’s comments, the John McGinn transfer story won’t be ending any time soon. That isn’t really of any use to either Celtic or Rangers, as both teams are in need of signings at this moment in time, but as yet no bid has been made for the midfielder. There is of course, always the chance that McGinn could sign a new deal with the Easter Road side, but that seems remote. He could also rundown his contract, and leave for nothing at the end of the season, again a move which neither half of the Old Firm would be keen on. It looks as if all will remain quiet on the McGinn front and the Glasgow giants will move on to other targets for the time being, as all there has been is plenty of rumours about the 23-year-old, but no action as yet. And until the first bid is made, the status quo will continue, with the player’s future in limbo.

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