Hibernian's John McGinn admits desire to play alongside Celtic's Scott Brown

A general view of the stadium before the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and Manchester City FC at Celtic Park on September 28, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 23-year-old has been widely tipped to succeed Brown at Celtic Park.

John McGinn of Hibernian celebrates after he scores during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn has played down talk he could succeed Scott Brown at Celtic as well as Scotland.

Speaking to the Daily Record last month, McGinn's old Hibs boss Alan Stubbs said the 23-year-old would be a 'ready-made replacement' for Brown at Celtic.

But while McGinn - who was linked with a move to Celtic Park earlier this year [Express] - has insisted he is not looking to take the 32-year-old's place, he admitted he would like to play alongside his international teammate.

"[Replacing Brown] is not something that I think about," McGinn told the Evening Times. "We are different players. Scott has been the driving force for Celtic and Scotland for a long time.

Celtic Captain Scott Brown receives applause from the Celtic fans as he walks from the pitch after being substituted late in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match...

"We are different players entirely; he has a right foot, I have a left foot for a start. I try to take wee bits from his game and implement it into mine but at the same I try to take bits from others too - Darren Fletcher, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong.

"I don’t try to base my game on one player and I would rather play alongside him than replace him.

"I have had nice wee tussles when I’ve played against him but you want to show you can match him. If I can have as good a career as he has had in a Scotland jersey I’ll be delighted."

McGinn has also had interest from south of the border since helping Hibernian back to the Scottish Premiership this summer.

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.

However, the former St Mirren player's Glasgow ties, not to mention those between his family and Celtic Football Club [McGinn's grandfather, Jack, is a former Bhoys chairman], could give Brendan Rodgers' side the advantage should he ever leave Easter Road.

He is unlikely to come cheap, though, with Hibs boss Neil Lennon telling STV earlier this year McGinn is worth 'a lot more' than the £5 million widely quoted.

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