Celtic are playing a risky game by attempting to haggle with Hibs over McGinn

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers remains confident that he can convince John McGinn to come to Parkhead, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

What’s the story, then?

The report says that Celtic’s most recent bid of £1.75m – their second bid for the Scottish midfielder – has been rejected as Hibernian are holding out for £4m for their talisman.

They also claim that there is a host of Championship clubs waiting in the wings if the Scottish champions fail to broker a deal for McGinn’s signature.

They report that McGinn is entering the final year of his current Easter Road contract and that is potentially why Rodgers is prepared to play a patient game at this stage.

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Rodgers is taking a silly risk

It is quite clear that McGinn is the right man to replace Stuart Armstrong; the move would take McGinn’s career to the next level and top up Celtic’s midfield quality.

So, why Rodgers – who admits that he would have liked to have done more transfer business by now – is playing hardball and not even making an offer for half the valuation Hibs have set is a mystery.

For Championship clubs in England, £4m is a very affordable price for a player of McGinn’s quality who would easily settle in the second tier and if Rodgers lets McGinn out of his grasp, it will be an aberration all of his own making.