Pay £4m or wait 171 days for McGinn pre-contract


John McGinn is worth the £4m Hibs want for him.  If he was under contract at Celtic, we would not sell him for anything less.  But his sale price will be determined by the number of potential buyers in the market and where the player wants to move to, not his inherent utility as a football player.  These factors set his price.

I would not be surprised if Peter Lawwell had the the words “171 days” marked on a whiteboard in his office.  That’s how long he will need to wait to put a pre-contract in front of McGinn.  Having signed such a deal, the player’s value would be no more than £250k, a drop of £3.75m over the period, reducing at just shy of £22k a day.

You know Peter, it’s not going to happen.  He’ll wait.  John will wait too, and the people at Hibs will continue to murmur about Rod Petrie.  I like signing players on pre-contracts.  In the Celtic universe, it makes the world spin a little faster.

Stick at it, John.  Give Hibs your best between now and January.

I’m reluctant to touch the Kieran Tierney “story”.  By all reports, Celtic’s very firm reaction has convinced Everton to look elsewhere, but I’ll be pleased when the English Premier League transfer window closes in four weeks.  Killing a transfer is an art, not a science.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Hibs lost a lot of money when they were out the top league for a few years,Petrie will blink first,as it seems John has told them he won’t go to any interested Championship club,and will wait till January if necessary.

  2. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends, for all the support as I strived for a podium over the years.




  3. What are we gonna do with Scott Allan ? Our squad is too bloated and he is way way down the pecking order.

  4. I’ll be amazed if Hibs don’t blink first. They will desperately be trying to generate some competing bids in the meantime.


    4 million is pocket money for teams down South. But. I don’t imagine he can be sold against his will?

  5. Neustadt-Braw on

    OldTim have a braw braw day …



    smiley gin and tonic birthday thing




  6. First team squad of 30 players



    4 keepers


    10 defenders


    13 midfielders


    3 forwards



    We want McGinn now ?



    We need some players moved and not replaced. I think that’ll be :





    De Vries













    Maybe Compper, Jozo and/or Boyata….



    What’s the optimum squad number ???

  7. In that squad we’re not likely to get better than first choices :



    Gordon, KT, Boyata, Broonie, Ntcham, Forrest, Dembele, Rogic and Edouard…..

  8. Paul,



    What on earth do Hibs get out of this other than giving Celtic the finger?



    Losing a lot of money and any potential deal on Scott Allan.



    I’d have thought Neil Lennon would rather get it over with during pre-season and be able to adequately plan for the season…

  9. Paul67



    Hmmm……..don’t think it’ll run to pre contract.



    Unlike Sevco’s £11M ‘knock back’ Hibs can’t turn down £2M?



    They won’t want left with a traumatised player denied his boyhood dreams.



    They’ll meet in the middle.

  10. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Lawwell should give Petrie the Michael Corleone answer in Godfather 2 to the corrupt Senator Geary who is trying to screw money out of him for a gambling licence in Nevada.



    You can have my answer now – Nothing……. not even the thousand dollars for the Gaming Commission which I’d appreciate if you would put up personally.

  11. weebobbycollins on

    Petrie is trying his luck…but they badly need the money, so, see you soon son!

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Message spotted on CP screen yesterday—The message reads: “Armstrong Okoflex, welcome to Celtic Football Club”.



    It comes after reports in England last week claimed the 16-year-old attacker, still to sign a scholarship with the Gunners, wasn’t at pre-season training.



    The Dublin-born kid – raised in London – has played for both Ireland and the Three Lions at youth level.



    Before joining Arsenal, he had attracted interest from Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs and West Ham.

  13. weebobbycollins on

    The huns are going to take some time to gel as a team and in that period, methinks, they will drop more than a few points. So, it’s up to the Dons and the Hibs to get off to a good start. Without being arrogant, I don’t think they will even be a nuisance to us…

  14. Yon bad yin Petrie is only trying to do his best for Hibs and screw us. If John McGinn is prepared to wait, tell him he has 24 hrs to accept our 1st (and fair} offer for a player on his last year of his contract. then he can explain to his own fans how he missed out on 1.5 million.

  15. Hibs got McGinn for next to nothing and he’s given them great service. Pricing him out of his dream move at £4m is ludicrous and the boy will not be happy. Offer them £2m, which is more than fair, take it or leave it. If they don’t take it they are downright stupid.

  16. Not a great way to do business.


    The only winners will be the yellow press — selling papers.



    If he came now how many games would he play and when?


    He is a player for 2019 when SB only gets to play against the TFOD2.1.



    We need to integrate LM and EK into the team over the next 6 months.


    JMcG and the SB exit strategy can wait.

  17. Mahe the Madman on

    Good very early morning bhoys and ghirls,,



    If any Qners plan to attend this let me know,,oh if you know what chicken Bonnie prince Charlie is do tell? Prime rib is like sirloin, usually pink and tender.





    Saturday, January 12


    Doors Open: 6 p.m.


    Dinner: 7 p.m.


    Location: Grand Oak Ballroom


    Tickets are $60





    The Mother Lode Scots and Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort are proud to present the Robert Burns Supper on January 12, 2019 in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.



    In honor of great Scottish poet Robert Burns, The Celebration to the Bard is hosted each year. Guests will enjoy traditional bagpipes by Abraham McCarty, readings of Robert Burns’ poetry by the Mother Lode Scots, toasts, entertainment by Golden Bough, and a true Scottish meal. The evening will end with a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.”



    The menu for the evening is Traditional Haggis, Scotch Broth Soup, Leafy Baby Gem Lettuce Salad, the choice of one of the entrée: Chicken Bonnie Prince Charlie or Prime Rib, and Sticky Toffee Pudding, served with Coffee, Tea and Water.



    The Mother Lode Scots was founded in 1979 in Amador County to provide an association for Scots and descendants of Scots who migrated to the United States. Like their counterparts across the world, the Mother Lode Scots participate in Scottish celebrations and traditions to proudly display their heritage.



    Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at JacksonCasino.com or the Casino Cashier’s Cage. Doors open with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact the Special Events & Sales Department at (209) 223-8589. Special Hotel Rate available at (800) 822-9466, ask for the Robert Burns Dinner Room Block.



  18. BOURNESOUPRECIPE £2 million is a good deal for them and us, if them wanna hang about cool, leave the bid on the table and the message is clear to hibs and the player. We walk away till jan if them dont accept offer



    Maybe punt allan ti hearts as a girfuy




  19. Stephbhoy


    Allan plays too much football for Hearts, they have signed a 6ft 4 Centre forward from the Czech Republic, high balls the order of the game there to go along with Lafferty.

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on

    So if Hibs want Allan the £1.5m fee will be reduced? Or does Petrie value Allan’s worth is nothing? Interesting as he has not been part of any bid yet? If they value McGinn at £4m with only a year left on his deal, what is Allan worth then?

  21. Starry Plough



    Still on the Celtic website, which equally doesn’t count youngsters like Mikey Johnstone in the bloated first team squad….

  22. DESSYBHOY agree hearts will be playing anti football, the allan to hearts was waas a joke




  23. Who is the kid Lassana Coulibaly whom the scouser describes as a midfield destroyer , and the fans say will take care of broony . No another joey Barton surely .

  24. I think we should pay what Hibs want and move on. We’ve got the money so why not put the lad out his misery and get him on board.


    We’re forgetting that he’s signed to Hibs for another year and they may well feel getting another season out of their best player is worth more than the £2m on offer. They’ve just announced a second year of record season ticket sales so I don’t think they’ll be desperate for cash.


    I keep thinking about Scott Allan fighting for his dream move to his boyhood heros – and we all know how that one ended

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