John McGinn admits he had his "heart set on" Celtic move

By Hamish Carton

November 8, 2019

John McGinn has opened up on the “awful” time he had last summer amid interest from Celtic, and admitted that he may be open to a move to the club in the future.

The Aston Villa lynchpin was speaking on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra (08/11/19, 7pm) as he gave his thoughts on a number of issues including his current form with club and country.

But the most intriguing part of McGinn’s interview was when he was quizzed about the interest from Celtic last summer. The Bhoys had three offers rejected for the 25-year-old (Edinburgh Evening News) before he eventually moved to Villa.

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The midfielder admits he had his heart set on the move to Glasgow, but says it was an very difficult time for him.

“It was awful,” he said. “The summer was extremely tough for me, especially as it was such an important time for Hibs.

“I think Celtic had a few offers at the time and openly I had my heart set on it. I’d spoken to everyone at Hibs including Neil Lennon, who ironically is now the Celtic manager.

“I’m wrapped in a Celtic bubble up the road. A lot of my family are Celtic fans and all my friends go and follow them home and away. At the time it was so tough. Every day I was getting the questions and even I didn’t know what was going on.

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“You never say never in football. When you’ve got that instilled in you it never really does leave you. Obviously the circumstances mean that I’m now an Aston Villa player but I’ll just take each year as it comes and if it does happen down the line then who knows.”

Celtic simply can’t afford McGinn anymore

Celtic missed the boat big time with McGinn last summer. The player was available for £4million (Daily Record) and the club failed to pay that price. The minute he moved to Villa and started succeeding, he was out of our price range.

Sadly we can only dream of signing the Scotland international now. McGinn is playing in England and that means that his price tag is heavily inflated. It’s just the way of it.

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He would have been a terrific player to have in the midfield. Whether he is better than Scott Brown or Callum McGregor is an altogether different question.

We may see McGinn in a Celtic shirt one day. But it won’t be for a good while yet.