McGinn bid laughed off by Lennon

Neil Lennon has ridiculed Nottingham Forest’s latest offer for John McGinn and accused Mark Warburton of trying to unsettle his Hibernian 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.

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 Forest’s approach 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 – now managed by former Rangers boss Warburton – 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.”

On the game, Lennon admitted his frustration at being held to a point after Scott Bain’s superb performance in the home goal.

Anthony Stokes scored an equaliser after Kevin Holt notched from the spot, but Bain was the main man as he produced save after save to win Dundee their first point of the season.

“We bombarded them,” he said. “I’m annoyed because we gave a goal head start cheaply.

“Dundee were in our box twice in the first half, and in the second half it was all one-way traffic.

“(I am) very pleased with the level of performance, the chances created and the intensity of play and will to win.

“The only thing that doesn’t please me is the scoreline because we should have been out of sight.”

Opposite number Neil McCann admitted his side were fortunate to escape with a point after playing on the back foot for most of the game.

He said: “I’m delighted with a point because over the last few games we have deserved more and got nothing.

“We got a bit of bad luck today with the deflection off Anthony Stokes’ goal, but I won’t pretend we didn’t have our backs to the wall for a fair wee bit in terms of dealing with their attacking threat.”

 

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