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Celtic hope Glasgow ties aid John McGinn hunt, as English sides circle

Celtic Parkhead

St Mirren's John McGinn is among the Scottish talent Celtic are reported to have their eye on, and they hope to beat Championship clubs to his signature.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has expressed a desire to bring more Scottish talent to Parkhead in January, with it important to mix home-grown youngsters with experienced European quality.

Scouring the domestic market has therefore become a top priority for the Hoops, with potential bargains there to be had.

Deila has said: “We’re looking at players in Scotland — it would be good for togetherness. They know the culture and the environment.”

Among those he is said to have his eye on is St Mirren midfielder John McGinn - according to the Sunday Mail.

The 20-year-old is considered to be a hot prospect and there is every chance that he could be on the move in the New Year.

Celtic will be aware that there are a number of factors working in their favour as they pursue the Scotland U21 international.

He is due to be out of contract next summer, so St Mirren are likely to be open to the idea of taking a small fee now and avoid a transfer tribunal for a player nurtured through their academy system.

The youngster is also a Glasgow native and a boyhood Celtic fan.

An opportunity to return to his roots at a club that means so much to him would be difficult to turn down.

Deila will, however, have been informed that interest from England is building steadily.

A host of Championship clubs are reported to be keen on taking McGinn south of the border and would be able to match the terms on offer in his homeland.

Celtic hold a number of trump cards, though, and will want to move quickly when the window re-opens in an effort to fend off the rival interest.

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