HIBS boss Neil Lennon sidestepped questions on John McGinn as he braced himself for a second Celtic bid for his midfielder.

Easter Road assistant gaffer Garry Parker was left to explain why the Scotland international missed last night’s 6-0 friendly win over Berwick Rangers.

McGinn was absent from the line-up just 48 hours after the Edinburgh outfit knocked back a £1.5million offer from the champions.

The official line from the club was that the player had been rested along with Florian Kamberi, Marvin Bartley and Darren McGregor.

Parker said: “We just need to get on with things. Celtic have submitted a bid, as we all know, but he is our player at the moment.

‘I don’t know what price we would be looking for. You would need to ask the board that.

‘But nothing fazes John. He will be playing against Blackburns Rovers in Paul Hanlon’s testimonial game on Sunday. We are looking forward to that ahead of a big match against Runavik.

‘Tongues will always be wagging, but John was just being rested.”

Hibs enjoyed a comfortable win at Shielfield Park, with goals from Oli Shaw, Simon Murray, David Gray, Steven Whittaker and Lewis Allan.


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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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