Celtic were constantly linked with the now-Aston Villa star last summer.

Kris Commons has written in The Daily Mail that John McGinn would have ‘crawled over broken glass’ to join Celtic last summer.

Celtic were constantly linked with a move for the 24-year-old who wound up joining Aston Villa for £2.7 million [The Times].

In fact, the Hoops had three bids rejected by Hibernian – his club at the time – and their failure to sign him led to a lot of criticism for manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Peter Lawwell.

McGinn was a season-ticket holder at Parkhead growing up, and former Celtic star Commons says he would’ve done anything he could to sign for his boyhood club.

He wrote in The Daily Mail: “I sat next to John McGinn at Easter Road yesterday in the Sky Sports studio… There’s a boy who would have crawled over broken glass to play for Celtic.

“But the club’s reluctance to spend a few extra quid in the summer scuppered any chance of a deal.”

It really was quite a farcical situation and one that Celtic cannot repeat for any reason during the January transfer window.

The Hoops aren’t even top of the Premiership at the moment, with Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Hibernian allowing Rangers to leapfrog them, and it’s imperative that Rodgers gets his winter business spot-on.

One month isn’t a long time to make a number of reinforcements, which is why any time spent on a prospective deal must not be wasted, as it was the Scotland international.

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