Neil Lennon has admitted that the transfer talk surrounding John McGinn is making life difficult for the Hibs player, the Daily Record reports.

Despite Lennon saying that the speculation surrounding the Scotland international is difficult, the former Celtic boss insisted that McGinn will be in the right frame of mind for the team’s Europa League qualifier against NSI Runavik tomorrow night.

Brendan Rodgers has marked the 23-year-old as one of his top targets for Celtic this summer after Stuart Armstrong left to join Southampton.

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Lennon has confirmed that Hibs today rejected a second bid of £2m for the midfielder, who is entering the final 12 months of his contract.

We have rejected two bids from Celtic. Our club has a valuation of the player. I don’t know what that is, but obviously Celtic have not met the valuation that Hibs want.

Obviously it is difficult. Listen, I have been a player myself, so it’s difficult dealing with speculation.

Obviously when a club as big as Celtic come in for you there is always that anticipation, from his point of view, of maybe making that step forward, if you want to call it that.

However, he has to be professional. We have had a couple of charts over the piece about it. He will just have to wait and see how it develops because he is our player, and he’s a very important player for us.