Hibernian reject Celtic’s £1.5m offer for John McGinn

first_imgMcGinn’s reputation has risen with his performances at Hibernian, where he has become one of the country’s leading midfielders. He has made over 100 appearances for the Edinburgh club, winning the Championship and the Scottish Cup in his time at Easter Road.Hibs have said that they are not looking to sell one of their prized assets but would consider substantial bids. Club chief executive Leeann Dempster said last month: “John’s value to me is in the team. That was his value last year and the year before.“If John doesn’t go in this transfer window then I won’t be disappointed, Neil won’t be disappointed and the supporters won’t be disappointed. Hibernian have rejected a bid for Scotland midfielder John McGinn from Premiership champions Celtic.The Parkhead side’s offer of around £1.5m was quickly knocked back by the Hibs board, who value McGinn substantially higher.McGinn, who moved to Hibs in 2015, has one year left on his contract at Easter Road.The former St Mirren star has been consistently linked with a move to Celtic Park, where his grandfather was chairman. “We don’t live and die by transfer fees, if we were to receive a transfer fee of some significance for a player then that would be welcomed and that is balanced by the effect it would have on the team.“I would be very, very surprised if we aren’t tested by a number of clubs, he (McGinn) is a magnificent young player and you saw that with his performances for Scotland recently.”Head coach Neil Lennon said it would be hard to hold on to McGinn is the right offer came in and the player wanted to leave. “We would like to keep John – but it’s going to be difficult,” he said. “He is a huge asset. He’s the heartbeat of the team.”last_img