Scotland were in action for the final time this international break on Wednesday evening and Celtic’s Callum McGregor featured the full 90 as Steve Clarke’s side defeated the Czech Republic.
But the 27-year-old’s display was overshadowed by one of his teammates, former Hoops target John McGinn.
Speaking to Sky Sports in 2018, the midfielder revealed that he had his “heart set” on a move to Celtic Park but after two months of negotiations going nowhere, he eventually joined Premier League side Aston Villa for just £2.75m.
That’s quite a small fee considering and going by his most recent display, it’s something Peter Lawwell should have paid up.
Per SofaScore, the former Hibs maestro recorded five successful dribbles, three interceptions, three key passes and one tackle. As a result, he clocked a 7.5 match rating in comparison to McGregor’s 6.8.
The £14.4m-rated midfielder has been a hugely impressive figure for Villa in the past 18 months or so, taking to the Premier League like a duck to water.
Last season, McGinn directly contributed to six goals whilst averaging two shots, 1.9 dribbles, 1.9 tackles and 1.3 key passes per game, via WhoScored, which only goes to show his industrious nature.
Given the age of veteran skipper Scott Brown and the uncertainty surrounding the future of Olivier Ntcham at Parkhead, you can’t help but feel that Lawwell has made one catastrophic error here.
Perhaps, it’s as bad a decision as he’s ever made in Glasgow – even worse than his refusal to sign Steven Fletcher in 2009 and the sale of Aiden McGeady less than two years later.
One of those aforementioned decisions cost them an SPFL title but nothing could have prepared them for life without Broony than signing a player of McGinn’s calibre.
The very fact that his value has gone from £2.75m to over £14m in just a couple of seasons speaks volumes.
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