If Celtic were still interested in a future deal for John McGinn, the Hibernian midfielder could hardly had laid claim to a better audition at Parkhead on Saturday.
The 22-year-old stood out in the home of the Champions, hitting the target with two smart finishes as Celtic were forced to come from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw - and drop points at home for the first time this season.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers’ claims that McGinn is ‘the type of player you love as a manager’, made back in February following a Scottish Cup Edinburgh derby against Hearts, may now take on extra significance.
The Daily Record reported in the summer that Celtic were interested in pursuing a deal for the Scotland international midfielder, and Rodgers will no doubt have been impressed by a superb two-goal performance that only reinforces McGinn’s status as one of Scotland’s most exciting young players.
The report suggested that Celtic see McGinn as a long-term replacement for skipper Scott Brown and, while the youngster has a long way to go before matching the veteran midfielder in terms of influence or reputation, there is no doubt about his vast potential.
And, on the back of an excellent display against his potential future employers, a number of Celtic fans are counting down the days until McGinn is playing at the base of The Hoops’ midfield.
Credit where it’s due two quality strikes from young mcginn— Dillon Maguire (@DillMaguire7) October 1, 2017
Wouldn’t mind seeing John McGinn at Celtic!what a cracking wee player that boy is— James1888 (@1888_James) September 30, 2017
Best player on the park today by a distance. Bossed the midfield and though I like McGregor a lot, McGinn is way ahead now— David Doherty (@dockers_hoops) September 30, 2017
Very impressive today— Stephen Wray (@CelticRockRoars) September 30, 2017
Said that during the first half! Perfect replacement for Scott Brown, who if was playing I don’t think McGinn would have had the freedom of Celtic Park like he did. Thought that @HibsOfficial were worthy of their point although it was a stonewaller with Scott Sinclair.— Ｓｃｏｔｔｙ Ｇ (5️⃣8️⃣ ) (@7govscott) September 30, 2017
A good few Celtic fan's including myself wanted Mcginn when he was still at St Mirren good player who will only get better— PATRICK KILLORAN 4 (@daddykplay4) September 30, 2017
Celtic should always be looking to snap up the best Scottish youngsters and John McGinn falls into that category.— Stand Up For Celtic (@StandForCeltic) September 30, 2017
Well done Hibs, fair result for me, they played well, hope the Celtic board took note of the McGinn performance!— Celtic_Bhoy1888 (@bhoy1888_celtic) September 30, 2017