McGinn is the ideal Armstrong replacement and Celtic must ensure they land him

Celtic are preparing a second bid for Hibernian talisman John McGinn, according to a report by The Scottish Sun.

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The report claims that Celtic have seen a £1.5m bid for the central midfielder rejected as Hibs prepare to play hardball.

They know that Brendan Rodgers has just secured £7m for Stuart Armstrong, who had just 12 months left on his deal, and are reportedly holding out for a greater share of that transfer kitty.

The report also says that Hibs are hoping to rely on interest from south of the border to bump the price up in the auction for McGinn’s services.

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He is the ideal Armstrong replacement

Having secured a solid fee for Armstrong, especially given his contract situation, Rodgers has money to spend on a replacement of similar quality and McGinn fits the bill.

He is the heartbeat of the Hibs side, so Rodgers could weaken some (relative) competition while securing a class act who 58% of Celtic fans want to replace Armstrong in the process.

Scrimping on McGinn and being forced to settle for somebody sub-standard or unproven would be poor from Rodgers, considering he has been able to get a fair chunk of money in early and has Champions League assignments fast approaching.