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2nd summer signing? Manager drops huge hint on 23-year-old ace

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers stated that “time will tell” when he was questioned if the Scottish champions will return with an improved bid for Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

The Parkhead side has had two offers rejected by their Easter Road counterparts for Scotland international McGinn.

Rodgers said Celtic are keen to reinforce their squad this summer as they seek to secure their eight consecutive titles.

However, the Northern Irishman reiterated that Hibs every right to set a valuation for the player and stick by it.

He said: “It’s something for the clubs to organise, I coach the team, manage the team.

“We target players but ultimately any agreements have to be between the two clubs.

“We respect that John is very much a Hibs player and unless there is an agreement it’s going to be a difficult one.

“So that’s really between the clubs.”

He added: “John is a very talented player, but he’s a Hibs player and Hibs have every right to decide what their valuation is like we did with Stuart Armstrong.

“But, like I say, I tend not to be involved in the negotiations, my job is to manage, coach the team and hopefully improve the players.”

Asked if Celtic would bid again for McGinn, Rodgers said: “Again, I’m distant from that, so time will tell.”

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