Celtic were constantly linked with the now-Aston Villa star 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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