‘Never Say Never’ McGinn’s Shock Celtic Admission

John McGinn has revealed that he had his heart set on a move to Celtic before time forced his hand and in so, took him to Aston Villa. However, the midfielder has refused to rule out a move to Celtic in the future.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of Villa’s trip to Wolves tomorrow, as reported by Birmingham Mail, the midfielder opened up on the failed Celtic move and how Steve Bruce ended up bringing him to Villa Park.

McGinn was subject to numerous offers from Celtic while at Hibs; however as the saga went on, it left the possibility of Aston Villa to come in and sign the midfielder.

“I think Celtic had a few offers at the time and openly I had my heart set on it. I’d spoken to everyone at Hibs including Neil Lennon, who ironically is now the Celtic manager.

“I’m wrapped in a Celtic bubble up the road. A lot of my family are Celtic fans and all my friends go and follow them home and away. At the time it was so tough. Every day I was getting the questions and even I didn’t know what was going on.”

McGinn, 25, when asked if he would consider a move to Celtic in the future was reluctant to rule it out, saying that you never know what the future holds – especially given his connection to Celtic.

“You never say never in football. When you’ve got that instilled in you it never really does leave you. Obviously the circumstances mean that I’m now an Aston Villa player but I’ll just take each year as it comes and if it does happen down the line then who knows.”


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