NEIL LENNON has told told John McGinn his dream move to Celtic “might never happen”.
The Hibs boss supports his club’s stance on the asking price for the Scotland international after knocking back THREE Hoops bids, the last in the region of £2million.
Lennon said: “It’s a really difficult situation for him, I’ve been in it myself. At the end of the day, John is a human being, he has feelings and emotions and it almost feels as if he is a bit exposed, so we are trying to manage that the best we can.
“The club have been really strong and I totally back that.
“We have our valuation. He is our top player and no-one yet has met that valuation that satisfies the club.
“John is quite satisfied with that at the minute. I’ve had chats with him to see how he is because there will be people talking to him, the agent, his family, giving him all titbits of advice.
“I’ve been in that situation so I know how difficult it can be getting messages from here, there and everywhere. Ideally, it is good for him to train and play.
“Listen, the deal might never happen, he has to get his head round that, as well.
“We are trying to prepare him for all eventualities the best we can.
“He is training, he will play tonight and, until the situation changes, he is a Hibs player.”
Lennon admitted the ongoing saga has put McGinn, whose grandfather Jack is a former Celtic chairman, in a difficult situation.
But the former Parkhead gaffer insisted he would play in the Europa League clash with Greece’s Asteras Tripolis as they bid to progress to the third qualifying round where Norway’s Molde or Albanian side KF Laci await.