HIBS have rejected a third Celtic bid – believed to be £2million – for midfielder John McGinn.

The Hoops upped the ante after two previous offers of £1.5million andf £1.75million ere knocked back by the Easter Road outfit.

Neil Lennon has insisted the club will not be tempted to part with the 23-year-old Scotland international until their valuation in the £4million region is met.

The Edinburgh side have also insisted there is English interest in the player with the transfer window across the border due to close early on August 9.

McGinn is out of contract in a year’s time and can walk out of the Edinburgh side for free.

So far the champions have made cash offers for the player, but Neil Lennon could be tempted if Brendan Rodgers included fringe players Ryan Christie or Scott Allan as part of the deal.

McGinn scored on his return in Thursday’s 6-4 win over NSI Runavik in the Europa League first qualifying round in the Faroes.

That European appearance made him ineligible for the Hoops’ Champions League qualifying campaign – if a deal can be struck.

After the tie, Lennon insisted: “He’s very much a Hibs player. That may change in the next week with a club or any other club that may come in for him.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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