Stubbs eyes huge Paradise Windfall for Saints

ST MIRREN manager Alan Stubbs has urged Celtic and Hibs to come to an agreement on the transfer of John McGinn to from Easter Road to Parkhead, so that he can collect the Saints’ windfall from the transfer and re-invest in his squad as they look to consolidate their position back in the Scottish Premiership.

Stubbs of course is a former Celtic star and a Scottish Cup winning manager at Hibs – he famously led the Easter Road club to its first Hampden triumph in the Scottish Cup with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Rangers in May 2016.

But his immediate concern is improving his chances at St Mirren Park and that means getting any transfer windfall in from the McGinn sale.

“I’m hoping that if John is sold then I will get some of the money we will make from a sell-on clause, so hopefully Peter Lawwell will open the purse strings on this one!” Stubbs said yesterday.

“I’m not surprised Celtic are actively pursuing John but I am surprised that there hasn’t been more interest.

“His quality is undoubted and I don’t think there is any question about that. I think it’s always been a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.

“He’s not my player so I don’t think Neil Lennon would want me to say too much with the way it is at the moment and the fact they have a big game in Europe.

“Whatever happens I wish him all the best and both parties get what they want out of the deal.”

St Mirren are rumoured to have a 33% sell-on clause in the contract so if the deal progresses they could make around £750k for the deal. Add the £300k they got from Celtic for Lewis Morgan and that would give them their own Paradise Windfall of just over a cool Million.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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