The Villa man admits he’s still a huge supporter of Celtic.
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has been discussing his admiration for Celtic this week, admitting he still watches the club’s games and will always be a supporter of the Hoops, The Scottish Sun report.
McGinn has been something of a revelation at Villa over the last 12 months since signing from Hibernian.
He won the club’s player of the year awards last season, helping them to promotion from the English Championship.
Despite over £100m worth of recruitment this summer, Villa boss Dean Smith still sees him as a massive part of his first-team.
After signing a new contract at the club recently, earning £25,000-a-week according to Spotrac, he rewarded the Villans’ faith in him by scoring their first Premier League goal of the season away to UEFA Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
Despite being entirely focused on his professional obligations, McGinn admits he will always have a love of Celtic.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Well I’m still a massive Celtic supporter. I was watching the game at the weekend.
“And I always will be. That will never leave you.
“But I’ve got to focus on doing the best I can for Aston Villa and whatever comes up in the future we’ll take it from there.”
A Celtic error that continues to haunt them
You’ll remember last summer, prior to McGinn’s exit to Villa, that the midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Celtic.
The Daily Record reported that the club even had a fee agreed with Hibs for the player after three offers had been previously booted out.
However, after a lengthy pursuit it was all too late and McGinn made the move south.
It was a massive error on Celtic’s part that continues to look worse a year down the line. They should have had the deal tied up well in advance of Villa’s interest.
After his performance last season, his goal in the English top-flight on Satuday and his comments this week, it’s clear that a club-supporting, dynamic central midfielder of McGinn’s standard would have raised standards at the Hoops.
Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie continue to be prime choices in the Hoops engine room, but could McGinn have been a long-term successor to Scott Brown?
The veteran Hoops legend is beginning to show signs of decline and McGinn may have been a brilliant choice to help make a transition.
The Villa man could well become a famous case of ‘the one that got away’.