Neil Lennon slaps £5 million price tag on Hibs' John McGinn

Neil Lennon has put a substantial £4-5 million price tag on Hibs midfielder John McGinn to ward off any interest in the player.

Saturday, 22nd July 2017, 1:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:37 am
Hibernian's John McGinn has a big price on his head. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

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The 22-year-old was subject to a reported £1 million bid from Ipswich Town earlier in the summer, while Celtic were also credited with an interest.

However, speaking to BT Sport ahead of the club’s 0-0 draw with Ross County in the Betfred Cup on Friday night, Lennon categorically stated that the McGinn is not available.

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“I can’t guarantee it but he’s not for sale,” he said. “It’s going to take a huge bid from any club to take John away from us, £4-5 million. He’s still got a bit to do but already he is a quality player. He’s a Scottish international.”

The Hibs boss used the example of the fees paid in England for players who have little top-level experience in the hope it will either scare suitors off or result in a substantial windfall for the Easter Road side.

“There’s a market out there,” Lennon explained, “we all know the market. We sit on the border of England where people like Britt Assombalonga are going for £15 million from Nottingham Forest to Middlesbrough without playing in the top league.

“I have got a proven international who is 22. He’s not even anywhere near his peak yet but we already know what a good all-round player he is. He’s one of the best players in Scotland for his age.”

Lennon noted that McGinn is still a raw talent and has facets of his play which need improvement, but the potential is for one of the best the country has to offer.

“He’s got a bit to do,” he said. “There’s time where he can be inconsistent with the ball, he’s got a great array of passing, he’s very strong for his age, he’s got a stellar left-foot, he’s got goals from midfield.

“He’s got a very, very good engine, box-to-box. When he’s in the mood he is a match for anyone in the country.”