Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers cut a frustrated figure when he was quizzed about John McGinn’s decision to join Aston Villa.
According to the Daily Record, Rodgers hinted that the chance to play in England could behind his decision to turn down a move to Celtic, despite being a boyhood fan of the club.
I spoke to John at length on Wednesday just to wish him all the very best. It’s a great move for him. There’s disappointment for us – especially when you are a lifelong Celtic supporter.
But he is joining another illustrious club with a great history, a good boss and has the chance to play in England. He has developed a lot in the last couple of years. He is a prime age at 23 and I wish him all the very best.
McGinn completed a move to Aston Villa yesterday after being linked with a move away from Hibernian throughout the summer.
Twitter: Delighted to sign for such a great club in @AVFCOfficial looking forward to get started https://t.co/LEuYewMbxG (@jmcginn7)
Celtic were heavily tipped as the front-runners to sign the player, but a move looked increasingly unlikely as Hibernian stood firm in their valuation of the midfielder.
The player was given permission to travel to Villa and discuss a move to the Championship hopefuls, but it was also suggested that the Hoops matched Steve Bruce’s offer for the player, leaving the player with the decision to make.