HIBS defender Efe Ambrose has tipped team-mate John McGinn to be a hit at Celtic – if the midfielder quits Easter Road for Parkhead.

Neil Lennon is bracing himself for a second offer from his old club for the Scotland star after an original £1.5million was rejected earlier this week.

But Ambrose, who was signed by the Irishman for the Hoops in a £1million deal from Israeli outfit FC Ashdod in 2012, insists McGinn, 23, could handle the pressure at the seven-in-a-row champions.

The former Nigerian international star spent five years at the Glasgow giants and won six major honours.

He said: “I think John can make the step up. He has the quality and the ability to succeed at Celtic. If he does get there then he will need to battle for his place because it’s not easy at a club like Celtic.

“There are quality players all around you and they will all want to play. Celtic is a place that comes with huge responsibility and the fans are special. If he does join them, then that is just football and we would wish him well.”

Ambrose, 29, added: “I am not surprised to see Celtic come in for a player of John’s quality. The most important thing is he
 has done so well for this club and has helped put us in the position we are in today.

“It’s a big compliment to Hibs that Celtic are looking here for players. When you are doing well people look at you and this squad did well last season.”


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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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