John McGinn will sign for Aston Villa before the English transfer window closes tomorrow afternoon. Celtic’s most recent offer for the player was made several days ago and, unlike earlier bids, was not rejected by Hibs. I understand Villa matched this offer, and the terms offered to the player. While Hibs were in Europe, they were always going to wait until near the English deadline.
Celtic were honest with the player, who was told he would not be first choice, but would get a chance when others were rested or injured. Steve Bruce, however, told McGinn he would be first choice every week and the core of the new Villa midfield.
I know he’s a Celtic fan, but the player is entitled to make this decision for football reasons. He will be 23-years-old in two months, not by any measure a youth. Young players come, happy to wait their turn, but it’s a hard sell to someone who wants to play every week.
We move on…