Could Celtic move help Hibernian's John McGinn thrive for Scotland?

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park at  on February 5, 2017 in Perth,...

John McGinn was the standout player as Scotland were narrowly defeated 1-0 by The Netherlands on Wednesday - justfying Celtic's long-standing interest.

John McGinn of Scotland vies with Georginio Wijnaldum of Netherlands during the International Friendly between Scotland and Netherlands at Pittodrie Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Aberdeen,...

John McGinn pitted his wits against Georginio Wijnaldum and Kevin Strootman as Scotland welcomed The Netherlands to Pittodrie on Tuesday night.

But to say the Hibernian star wasn’t fazed is an understatement. McGinn dominated the midfield battleground, continuously winning back possession and setting the tempo. Despite Scotland losing 1-0 to a well-taken Memphis Depay goal, McGinn was the deserved winner of the Man of the Match award in only his fifth outing for Scotland.

And the 22-year-old is hoping to build on his stand-out performance against The Dutch by cementing his place in the centre of Scotland’s midfield.

John McGinn of Hibernian in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“It is always a great feeling to play for Scotland, but it meant a lot more to be named in the starting line-up for last night’s game,” McGinn, who has been named Man of the Match in both of his international starts, told Hibs’ official website.

“I feel like I’ve been having a good season, as have the other midfielders at Hibs, so to be put into the Scotland team was a fantastic feeling.”

If McGinn is to become a regular for his country, last season’s Scottish Championship Player of the Year must maintain the form that has arguably earned him the tag of the country’s most exciting young talent. And perhaps that hotly-tipped move to reigning champions Celtic will help McGinn go from a promising squad player to an undisputed starter for his country.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Daily Record reported in the summer that Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is a huge fan of a player Hibs counterpart Neil Lennon values at around £5 million, per STV.

And with Celtic stars Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths regulars in Scotland’s starting XI, it’s clear to see that playing week in week out for the champions does not harm your international prospects.

McGinn is thriving at Hibs but, like Brown ten years ago, swapping Edinburgh for the green half of Glasgow looks like the logical next step.

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