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Stubbs says Dylan McGeouch is set to stay at Celtic following Hibs loan

The attacking midfielder impressed for Hibernian last season, but may have his contract extended at Celtic given that form.

Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs has admitted that any intention he has to return to his old club to sign Celtic's Dylan McGeouch on a permanent deal have slipped away, in comments reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.

McGeouch played the most football he'd managed in a campaign up at Easter Road on loan last season, making 26 appearances and scoring 3 goals as Hibs came in in second place in the Scottish Championship, with only city rivals Hearts in front of them.

Celtic legend Stubbs admitted that he had hoped to sign the 22-year-old up on a permanent deal considering his contract was due to expire this summer, but the former Scotland Under-21 international's form hasn't gone unnoticed at Parkhead, to Hibs' loss, and Stubbs now thinks the Bhoys will have taken up the option to extend his contract by another year.

“I think Celtic have taken his option up of another year, which I can see why," the former defender is quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

"They’ve obviously been impressed with his performances for us last season."

The former Bolton and Everton centre back said that he had made it very clear just how much he rates the midfielder, but that there is little the club can do when Celtic were in control of the player's future.

“If there was an opportunity I could bring him here, I would like to do that," the 43-year-old added. "But he’s effectively on a one-year contract at Celtic now.

"He was great when he was here and I think everybody knows what I thought of him. He’s a really good player but he’s Celtic’s player.”

The best decision for McGeouch?

The player will have been aware that he is leaving the opportunity of regular first-team football at Easter Road in order to have perhaps a final shot at making a career at Celtic.

McGeouch made 15 appearances in the 2012-13 season for the Bhoys, but has mainly been on the periphery of the first team squad since then.

He will be hoping he gets a chance under Ronny Deila after his impressive form in the Scottish Championship last season.

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