Neil Lennon accuses Mark Warburton of trying to unsettle John McGinn

Lennon felt the speculation affected John McGinn at Dens Park
Lennon felt the speculation affected John McGinn at Dens Park
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Neil Lennon has ridiculed Nottingham Forest’s offer for John McGinn and accused Mark Warburton of trying to unsettle the Hibs player.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Sky Bet Championship throughout the summer, but no club has yet been able to match his valuation.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

McGinn showed flashes of his ability in Hibs’ 1-1 draw at Dundee, but found himself on the fringes at times as Lennon’s side were forced to settle for a point despite a dominant performance at Dens Park.

The Hibs manager has been less than pleased with the approach of Forest – managed by former Rangers manager Warburton – throughout the window, saying: “They need to come back with far more money than what they’re offering at the minute.

“If they do ... fine, the club has a decision to make. We have got a valuation and if it is met it is the club’s decision.

“I do think, looking at him today at times, the speculation affected him. He was in and out of the game but it’s something we don’t need at the moment.”

When asked if the offer from Forest - believed to be £750,000 – was disrespectful to the league, he responded: “Mark Warburton knows the Scottish market and John is under contract for two years.

“(Maybe it was) to unsettle the player? Which doesn’t please me. Maybe Mark might see it differently.

“I would value John at £5million, but there has been no bid in our valuation that has come in. We are in negotiations to renew his contract if we can so it’s just a waiting game.”