CELTIC are prepared to play the waiting game in their pursuit of Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

The champions made a second bid for the 23-year-old Scotland international yesterday, but their offer of around £2million was knocked back by the Easter Road outfit.

Edinburgh boss Neil Lennon revealed it did not match the club’s valuation of their key player.

Brendan Rodgers and the Parkhead money men are now in a position where they can sit back and wait until January and sign the player on a pre-contract with McGinn coming out of contract in the summer.

Hibs will then be forced to accept the consequences and miss out on a seven-figure transfer fee.

There has been interest in McGinn, whose grandfather Jack is a former Celtic chairman, from English Championship sides, reported to be Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City.

However, time is running out for a deal to be done with the English transfer window due to close early this term for the first time on August 9. The Scottish deadline is the end of next month.

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