John McGinn will not be sold, says Hibs boss Neil Lennon
The manager also revealed the club are closing in on one or two signings this weekends.
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon says the club will not be selling midfielder John McGinn this summer.
The Scotland international, who was a key player in their Championship title win last season, was reportedly a transfer target for champions Celtic this summer.
And while Lennon has ruled out a move for the 22-year-old he also confirmed the club are closing in on a deal to sign Steven Whittaker.
The defender, who is now a free agent after his Norwich City deal expired, left Hibs in 2007 after winning the League Cup
"We are close, hopefully, to one or two, and we have been working very hard in the background so hopefully we will have something to announce over the weekend and early next week as well," Lennon said.
"[Whittaker] has been ongoing for a protracted length of time but I think we are very close now to getting Steven over the line.
"There has been a couple of deals which have fell through but that is part of the process of the transfer business and the window.
"You deal with other clubs, you deal with agents, players and you don't always get what you want but what you do is create options so we are looking elsewhere and are close to a couple of signings."
He added: "John McGinn will not be sold."
Hibs' have already signed Simon Murray, Danny Swanson, Ofir Marciano and Efe Ambrose this summer.