Celtic midfield target John McGinn’s desire to play for his boyhood club is so strong that he is prepared to play for time at Hibernian and allow Brendan Rodgers to land him on a free transfer next summer, according to the Daily Record.

What’s the story, then?

The Daily Record report that McGinn has his heart set on a move to Celtic Park but has been forced to wait because Celtic and Hibs are around £2m apart in their valuation of the player.

They say that Celtic have had three bids for the Scotland international rejected as they refuse to go up to the £4m asking price set by Neil Lennon.

The report claims that will not stop Rodgers getting his man and McGinn is keen to make the move happen to the extent that he will wait and run down the final year of his Hibs deal, which would allow Celtic to come to an agreement for his transfer on a free as early as January.

McGinn’s desire bodes well for Celtic

McGinn is clearly desperate to make the move to the Scottish champions and his undoubted quality would add to Rodgers’ midfield options.

If Celtic are not keen to pay £4m, they would be elated to get him on a free, even if it means waiting for a year – they should still win the league in the interim anyway.

McGinn would fill the void left by Stuart Armstrong but Rodgers could maybe secure a loan deal for a year in order to save money in the future.

Sam Preston