Report: Celtic step up pursuit of Hibernian's John McGinn despite midfield additions

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Kundai Benyu and Olivier Ntcham have already arrived at Celtic but that will not prevent Brendan Rodgers targeting Hibs star John McGinn.

Celtic were hardly short of midfield options last season but Brendan Rodgers’ side are looking even stronger in the centre of the park with just a few weeks to go before the start of the new Scottish Premiership season.

The Champions paid £4.5 million to land highly-rated Manchester City powerhouse Olivier Ntcham, as reported by the BBC, while beating off Premier League opposition in the race for Ipswich Town prodigy Kundai Benyu.

And Winner Sports reports that they could now step up their pursuit of Hibernian star John McGinn.

Hibernian's John McGinn (R) celebrates at the end with Dylan McGeouchMcGinn shone at Hibs last season

The 22-year-old, who won the second tier’s Player of the Season award after helping Hibs cruise to promotion, has been on Celtic’s radar for a number of months.

The Daily Record reported in May that The Hoops were preparing a £1.5 million move for McGinn after Rodgers lauded him as ‘the type of player you love as a manager’ following a Scottish Cup clash with Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the second half of last season.

However, the Daily Record reported that English Championship outfit Ipswich Town made the first move for McGinn, Hibs rejecting an opening offer of £1 million. Since then, speculation has grown cold but Winner Sports reports that Celtic may be about to renew their interest.

Where McGinn would fit into Rodgers’ star-studded midfield remains to be seen. Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong have formed a fine partnership while Tom Rogic thrived in a number 10 role last season.

And the difficulties faced by homegrown prospects like Liam Henderson and Ryan Christie, who has now joined Aberdeen on loan, suggest that McGinn would face a daunting task at Parkhead.

Scotland's John McGinn

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