Celtic news: Donnelly gives verdict on Armstrong replacement

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24th Jun, 2018 | 3:33pm

'Would be a good signing' - Donnelly states Celtic should sign 23-y/o midfielder this summer

Former Celtic attacker Simon Donnelly has named Hibernian’s John McGinn as the ideal man to replace Stuart Armstrong at Parkhead.

Armstrong is reportedly set to complete a £7million deal to Southampton, and Donnelly, who won the league title with the Hoops in 1998, has named the 23-year-old as his ideal replacement.

“I’ve no doubt Celtic will move to replace Stuart and I’d be very surprised if they don’t go for John McGinn. I’ve said it for a while – I think he is a Celtic player” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He is good enough to go into the Celtic team right now.

“I think he would be a good signing for them.

“It seems to fit. I’m surprised Celtic didn’t show more interest in the January transfer window.”

McGinn was linked with a move to the Hoops last month but no bid for the midfielder has yet materialised.

Football Insider verdict

It seems that John McGinn is going to be linked with Celtic forever until the Hoops decide to make a move for the 23-year-old. He has been mentioned in dispatches constantly, but there must still be a nagging doubt at Celtic that he is good enough to make the leap from Hibernian to the Scottish champions. The Bhoys have been burned in recent years in buying players who excelled in Scotland but failed with the Bhoys – Scott Allan and Nadir Ciftci, to name but two – and you can understand why Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops board are being so cautious when it comes to signing a player highly-rated in Scotland. You would imagine that something has to happen with McGinn sooner rather than later as he only has one year left on his Hibernian contract, so there might well be bids made for the Scotland international this summer. Rodgers will then have a big decision to make about the player, and his suitability for the champions of Scotland.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops must spend the Armstrong windfall on defenders

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