Sport Rodgers refuses to rule out third bid for McGinn

19:05  12 july  2018
19:05  12 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Celtic have bid rejected for Hibs' John McGinn

  Celtic have bid rejected for Hibs' John McGinn Celtic have had a bid rejected by Hibernian for midfielder John McGinn. As revealed by Sky Sports, Celtic’s rumoured interest in McGinn now seems to be true as they aim to bring the Scot to Parkhead with just one year left on his current deal at Hibs. The 23-year-old showed the Celtic support his clear talent when he rattled in a brace at Celtic Park in a 2-2 draw last season. Hibs’ Chief Executive Leeanne Dempster previously admitted that it would be hard for the Edinburgh side to turn down a big money offer for McGinn who has made a total of 100 appearances since joining from St. Mirren in 2015. Despite their first approach being knocked back, it seems Celtic and Brendan Rodgers will be keen to add the aggressive and energetic McGinn to their ranks as a possible replacement for Stuart Armstrong who departed for Southampton last week.

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Celtic are hoping to tempt John McGinn away from Hibernian this summer. The Hoops had a £1.5m bid rejected this week but are plotting an improved offer. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also keen on signing the 23-year-old. Gerrard is preparing to ignite a rivalry with his former boss Brendan Rodgers .

Brendan Rodgers won’t rule out another bid for Hibernian’s John McGinn as Celtic step up their pursuit of the midfielder.

Neil Lennon confirmed on Wednesday that Hibs had rejected a second bid for McGinn, who has entered the final year of his deal.

However, according to the Daily Record, Brendan Rodgers reportedly is preparing a third bid for the midfielder, with Celtic keen to sign the Scottish international.

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When asked about a potential third bid, Rodgers said via the Daily Record:

“I am distant from that, so time will tell.”

Former Celtic defender backs John McGinn to impress at Celtic

  Former Celtic defender backs John McGinn to impress at Celtic John McGinn has the qualities to succeed at Celtic, should he make the move this summer, according to former Hoops defender Efe Ambrose. As reported by the Evening Times, Ambrose backed the promising young midfielder to shine. “I think John can make the step up. He has the quality and the ability to succeed at Celtic. If he does get there then he will need to battle for his place because it’s not easy at a club like Celtic.” “There are quality players all around you and they will all want to play. So he will have to fight. Celtic is a place that comes with huge responsibility and the fans are special. If he does join them, then that is just football and we would wish him well – but he can succeed there.” McGinn has been heavily linked with a £3 million move to Celtic, but the Hoops are facing competition from England too. The likes of Derby County and Leeds United have both been linked with the player who is set to leave Hibernian this summer. Celtic were reportedly leading the race and have been keen to sign him for some time. McGinn impressed against the Hoops last season and Brendan Rodgers is believed to be a huge admirer of the player. Ambrose himself spent five years at Celtic, making well over 100 appearances for the club, so he is very familiar with the pressure that comes with representing the Hoops.

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“That’s something for the clubs to organise. I coach the team, I manage the team. We target players but ultimately any agreements have to be between the two clubs”

“We respect John is still very much a Hibs player and unless there’s an agreement… like I say, it’s going to be a difficult one. That’s really between the clubs.”

Despite English interest, Celtic are ready to be patient with a move for McGinn, with Celtic believing the player is keen on a move.

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Lennon tells McGinn Celtic deal may not happen .
Neil Lennon has told John McGinn that a move to Celtic could potentially be off the cards, with the former Hoops boss backing his club’s hardline stance on selling the midfielder. The Northern Irishman has told the midfielder to “get his head around” the fact his move to Celtic may not happen, according to the Scotsman. Lennon, speaking about the future of the Celtic target, said that: “It’s a really difficult situation for him, I’ve been in it myself. At the end of the day John is a human being, he has feelings and emotions and it almost feels as if he is a bit exposed so we are trying to manage him the best we can.” McGinn has been subject to numerous bids from Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers taking a keen interest in signing the Hibs midfielder. “The club have been really strong and I totally back that. We have our valuation, he is our top player and no club yet has met the valuation that satisfies the club. John is quite satisfied with that at the minute. I’ve had chats with him to see how he is because there will be lots of people talking to him, the agent, family, all giving him titbits of advice.

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