In comments reported by STV, Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Celtic have not given up hope of signing John McGinn from Hibernian this summer despite the midfielder heading to Aston Villa for talks.
Many would be forgiven for feeling that McGinn would be Parkhead-bound this summer. STV reports that Celtic have had three bids turned down for the 23-year-old, who is a boyhood Hoops fan with his grandfather a former chairman of the club.
However, it now appears that he may end up in the Championship, with Aston Villa getting the midfielder in for talks as the Villans reach the final days of their transfer window. But Rodgers refused to throw in the towel in the race for the Scotland international.
"No, it's not. He's a player we clearly wanted to bring here, he's a player from a few months back I was really interested in bringing in," he said, as reported by STV, when asked whether Celtic's hopes of signing McGinn have gone. "But we haven't been able to complete a deal and when you don't complete a deal for a player it opens the door for other teams.
"Aston Villa are clearly interested in him and have a big history of their own, a great club with excellent facilities and now financial backing. So we have to wait and see on him."
It would surely be incredibly frustrating for Rodgers if he saw McGinn head to Villa. He appears to have been on the Bhoys' radar for the majority of this window, and has probably been a player that Rodgers has had an eye on long before this summer.
McGinn appears to have a bright future ahead having already established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Scottish Premiership and he is also now becoming an important member of the national side.
But it appears that Celtic will have to step up their interest if they hope to get something done as Villa seem to be in pole position to be the ones to bag his signature as things stand.
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