There’s a fair bit of pressure on Celtic’s new head of recruitment Lee Congerton after the success rate of the departed John Park.
The remit for the job is fairly simple, find young talent that can be sold on for five to ten times their initial value in one, two, maybe three years maximum.
I will make the first port of call very easy for Celtic’s new talent scout. Get in the car, drive east along the M8 until you get to Easter road and sign a cheque for John McGinn.
The Hibs midfielder is a Celtic player in waiting and has all the attributes Brendan Rodgers looks for in his recruits. Good work ethic, on and off the ball, skill and the energy to win the ball back as quickly as possession has been conceded.
McGinn at twenty-two is the ideal replacement for Scott Brown when his legs eventually go. He also has time on his side to use the Scottish champions as a stepping stone to the riches of the Premier League in the fullness of time.
There are many more international caps on the way for McGinn and his stock is all set to rise even further when Hibs return to the Premiership next season.
I wouldn’t be surprised if moves are already afoot behind the scenes to make this move a reality.
The Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will no doubt hand a list to his chief executive Peter Lawwell in the next month which contains the names of certain players he no longer believes have a future at the club.
One of those names, Kris Commons might help as a makeweight in the deal. If not, hard cash will not be wasted on this young Scottish talent.
His goals return is not that great, but then again neither is N’Golo Kanté’s at Chelsea, but he’s effective!
The McGinn name has a strong link with Celtic, John’s grandfather Jack was the former chairman of the club and it is no secret that John and his brothers, Stephen and Paul are all avid Celtic supporters.
It might take seven figures to persuade Hibernian to part with their prized asset, but it would be money well spent for one of the best midfielders in the country, in my opinion.