Celtic don't deserve constant criticism over John McGinn

By David Walton

October 14, 2019

Another international break and another week of Celtic being goaded about not signing John McGinn.

The Aston Villa midfielder fired home a hat-trick as he nabbed his first three goals for Scotland against San Marino yesterday. Predictably, that’s led to us once again being told that we should’ve signed him.

Celtic, of course, memorably failed to buy him from Hibernian after trying to lowball the Leith side. It was a poor bit of business in the end, and McGinn has went on to make 53 appearances for Villa. He also managed to get promoted to the Premier League, and has been linked with Manchester United in the past (Scottish Sun).

As you can imagine, Celtic just haven’t been allowed to forget the fact we didn’t sign him. Here’s a look at a few Villa fans who seem to think us not signing him remains absolutely hilarious:

Shock horror – Celtic apparently should’ve signed McGinn

We all know we made an error back in the summer of 2018. We should’ve signed him from Hibs, and instead he ended up moving to England. But at the end of the day, did we not go on to win another treble last season?

Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, and Scott Brown do an absolutely fine job in the midfield for Celtic. McGinn would’ve gotten into our team and probably would’ve been a mainstay, but the sheer quantity of times we have to listen to how we missed out on him is tiring.

The Celtic midfield has done just fine without McGinn (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Also, in case anyone forgot, were Scotland not playing San Marino last night? The worst team in world football? Last night didn’t exactly make anyone a superstar. If Callum McGregor had scored a hat-trick last night, many in England would be the first to tell you it was against San Marino.

Celtic have been successful without McGinn

It would be different if Celtic went on to lose eight-in-a-row and struggled to look dominant in the midfield last season. However, that just wasn’t the case. Celtic got on just fine without McGinn, and even if we should’ve signed him, we still managed to secure the treble treble and a Europa League last-32 place without him.

McGinn has done well down south (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

McGinn continues to impress in the English Premier League. However, the majority of Celtic players would perform well in England’s top league. McGinn isn’t some sort of golden boy who was going to turn us into European contenders.

The Scotland international made his decision to go to Villa, and we missed our chance to sign him. There have been plenty of others we’ve missed out on and there will be others we fail to sign too. But will any consistently be thrown in our face the way McGinn has? That’s doubtful, to say the least.