CELTIC have been ordered to stump up £4million if they hope to land Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

The Easter Road side are demanding DOUBLE the cash the Hoops offered for the 23-year-old Scotland star earlier this week.

That was knocked back by the Edinburgh outfit who face losing the player for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

Hibs believe McGinn is being undervalued, particularly after Scott Brown left in a £4.4million switch 11 years ago. Now they want something closer to that figure for their inspirational midfield man.

He was left out of Neil Lennon’s line-up in their 6-1 home Europa League qualifying win over Faroese side NSI Runavik last night.

The former Parkhead boss said: “His thigh was heavily strapped yesterday.

“I know there will be a lot of conspiracy theories flying about which is fine, but I am in control of this.

“He wasn’t 100 per cent, and he is not 100 per cent mentally, either.”

McGinn continues to be linked with a host of English Championship sides and recent reports indicate new Derby County manager Frank Lampard is poised to make a move.

The transfer window across the border closes on August 9 while it has emerged the player’s former club, St Mirren, will receive a whopping 33 per cent of any fee.

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