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Hibernian reject second Celtic bid for John McGinn

Neil Lennon said the second offer is still short of his club's valuation.

Bid: Celtic made a second offer.
Bid: Celtic made a second offer. SNS Group

Hibernian have rejected a second bid from Celtic for John McGinn, according to Neil Lennon.

The Scottish champions had an offer knocked back earlier this month but returned with another approach to sign the Scotland international.

Hibs head coach Lennon said the offer also fell short of the player's price tag and that it had been declined.

Lennon said: "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."

McGinn is entering the last year of his contract at Easter Road but the club have insisted that they will not let him leave on the cheap, having seen other Scotland players move in multi-million pound deals. Lennon conceded that the matter may be on the player's mind but said he would be playing in the Europa League qualifier against NSI on Thursday.

"He's been all right but it's difficult," Lennon said. "I've been a player myself and it's difficult dealing with speculation. Obviously when a club as big as Celtic come in for you there's always that anticipation of, from his point of view, making that step forward, if you call it that.

"Everyone wants to be professional and we've had a couple of chats over the piece with it. You just have to wait and see how it develops because he's our player at the end of the day and he's a very important player as well."

The 23-year-old's reputation has risen with his performances at Hibernian, where he has become one of the country's leading midfielders. He has made over 100 appearances for the Edinburgh club, winning the Championship and the Scottish Cup in his time at Easter Road.

Hibs have said they are not looking to sell one of their prize assets but would consider substantial bids.

Club chief executive Leeann Dempster said last month: "John's value to me is in the team. That was his value last year and the year before.

"If John doesn't go in this transfer window then I won't be disappointed, Neil won't be disappointed and the supporters won't be disappointed.

"We don't live and die by transfer fees, if we were to receive a transfer fee of some significance for a player then that would be welcomed and that is balanced by the effect it would have on the team.

"I would be very, very surprised if we aren't tested by a number of clubs, he (McGinn) is a magnificent young player and you saw that with his performances for Scotland recently."

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