Celtic should move to ensure that John McGinn doesn’t exit Scottish football this summer

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic face competition from English Championship side Derby County to sign Hibernian midfielder John McGinn this summer.

What’s the story?

After the confirmed departure of Stuart Armstrong to Southampton this week, the Hoops could do with some midfield reinforcement this summer, to provide depth beyond their already established first team performers.

One player that would fit the bill is Hibernian midfielder John McGinn.

The Scottish Sun report that the Hoops have been considering a move for the Scotland international, with the player ready to ready to make the short move from Edinburgh to Glasgow to play for his boyhood heroes.

However, the paper also say that Derby County have entered the race for his signature, with new boss Frank Lampard eyeing a £3m bid for the midfielder.

Is he a viable Armstrong replacement?

Although McGinn and Armstrong are definitely different breeds of midfielder, the 23-year-old Hibs man is certainly a candidate to provide the midfield depth that the Hoops need to maintain their success next season.

Armstrong is far more of a goal threat than McGinn, as evidence by his 17-goal season in 2016/17, a total that the former St Mirren player has never been close to reaching in his career so far.

McGinn does like to foray forward in the Hibernian midfield but has a work ethic and commitment that would also suit Celtic in a deeper position.

At the reported £3m fees suggested, Celtic would be silly not to strongly consider his signature and should make a firm move for him now tha there are ambitious clubs like Derby County interested. Letting him leave Scottish football could be something they come to regret.

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