Celtic breaks club record with new deal for 24-year-old midfielder


There is no doubt that John McGinn has proved to be one of the best in the midfield in Scotland over the last two seasons.

The 23-year-old Hibernian talisman has been impressive in Scotland, drawing the attention of Celtic who has had two bids for him go to the touch already this month, but while McGinn has shone north of the border, he is a signing that will only increase the depth of the Celtic squad.

Whether the Scotland international would greatly enhance Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up or perhaps make them a much better prospect for success in European competition is another matter.

So that is what makes Celtic’s sudden links with Uruguay star Giorgian De Arrascaeta so interesting.

The Sun claims that Rodgers delegated scouts to keep a close watch on the 24-year-old in action for Cruzeiro in the Copa Libertadores last season. And it is understood that Celtic are interested along with Newcastle United.

Now, De Arrascaeta might have failed to live up to expectations in the World Cup, starting just once as Uruguay reached the quarter-finals. But he has been an exemplary performer in domestic South American football of late.

And, unlike McGinn, De Arrascaeta is a player who could help Celtic progress to the next level. He boasts real star quality and is highly regarded for his ability to embarrass opponents with his sublime skill.

Though he has a price-tag of £18 million, which would make him about double Celtic’s current record signing, the fact that they are being linked is a major boost for fans who have been critical of a lack of ambition this summer.