Celtic reportedly wanted to sign John McGinn last summer before he moved to Aston Villa from Hibernian.

Chris Sutton has praised Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn on Twitter for his performance against Derby County and seems to have taken a dig at Celtic.

The former Celtic striker was impressed with the performance of McGinn during Villa’s 2-1 win against Derby at Wembley Stadium in London in the Championship playoff final on Monday afternoon.

The 24-year-old Scotland international midfielder scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 59th minute and has a good game overall.

The former St. Mirren star has been one of the best players in the Championship this season and has been key to Villa’s promotion success.

According to WhoScored, McGinn made 42 starts and one substitute appearance in the Championship for Villa this season, scoring seven goals and providing nine goals in the process.

The midfielder joined Villa from Scottish club Hibernian in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee reported by The Times to be worth £2.75 million.

According to The Daily Record, Celtic also wanted to sign the 24-year-old in the summer of 2018.

Sutton, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport and BT Sport, has taken a dig at Celtic on Twitter for failing to sign McGinn last summer, while Hibernian CEO Leeann Dempster has praised the midfielder on Twitter for his success at Villa.


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