CELTIC should target Hibs midfielder John McGinn as the long-term successor to Scott Brown – that’s the advice of Simon Donnelly.

The former Hoops striker has urged Brendan Rodgers to make a move for the 23-year-old who linked up well with Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Donnelly said: “I’m surprised Celtic didn’t have a sniff at him in the January transfer window and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up there.

“For me, Callum McGregor and John McGinn have been the two best midfield players this season.

“Scott Brown still has a lot to offer there and, after retiring from Scotland, I can see him playing on. But who better to go in and learn from playing alongside than him?

“McGinn is that kind of player, he has that aggression, he’s tenacious and he can play a bit.”

Donnelly added: “He also has the mentality to handle it.

“He scored two in the draw at Celtic Park, he was one of the better players when Hibs returned in January and and he scored when they won at Ibrox.

“If you can go in there and handle yourself in those environments, you can handle yourself anywhere.”

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