JOHN McGINN has a decision to make over the next 24 hours or so as his medical at Aston Villa occurs.
Things have moved fast in the last 24 hours with Hibs at the eleventh hour producing some interest from England for their prize asset.
Both the Brighton and Blackburn Rovers interest was bullsh*t but Aston Villa’s move to sign the player was real enough.
Hibs allowed the player to travel to the Midlands yesterday and the former European Cup winners have now had a bid accepted by the Easter Road side.
Celtic, rattled by the criticism from their own manager Brendan Rodgers, have acted swiftly to match the Villa bid but the update from former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, now boss at Hibs, indicates that Celtic are outsiders in the race to sign the player.
“He went down to Birmingham, I think he is having a medical there,” Lennon revealed.
“A fee has been agreed. I don’t know if personal terms have been agreed yet.
“I think Celtic have matched the offer but I think Villa are in the driving position at the minute.”
So with the asking price having been met by both Aston Villa and Celtic – and Celtic making it known that they will match the personal terms on offer at Villa Park, the decision is going to be McGinn’s to make.
This is his big chance to play for Celtic, the club he has always wanted to play for and the one he has supported all his life.
This is his chance to play in the Champions League rather than the English Championship.
But it’s his career and if he decides to head to Villa then best of luck to him. For Celtic it will be a case of the one that got away and the impact will be more in the disappointment felt by the manager rather than the loss of the player to an English Championship side.
It’s make your mind up time, John. You want to play for Celtic? Now is your chance.