Peter Lawwell revealed John McGinn could have joined Celtic over the summer but instead made a “career decision” to go to Aston Villa. He’s since become a regular at Villa and could be a Player of the Season contender if he maintains such fine form.
The Hoops’ chief executive spoke at Celtic’s Annual General Meeting about the numerous failed transfer bids for players, admitting he wanted Celtic to do more business over the summer.
As per The Sun, Lawwell said: “John McGinn decided to go to Aston Villa rather than Celtic, that was his professional choice. I am satisfied we did all we could to bring him to Celtic but he made a career decision to go to Villa.”
Manager Brendan Rodgers was keen to bring McGinn to Parkhead when the midfielder was at Hibernian. Villa paid just £2.8m to procure his signature and he’s been one of their best signings in recent years.
The Scotland international has contributed nine goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season, lighting up the Championship with his all-action displays.
McGinn has shown high levels of industry to not only be in and around the box to score and create chances, he’s also been diligent in his defensive duties and looks a natural in midfield for Villa.
He’s made an instant impact in the Midlands and will surely find himself linked with Premier League sides as the season goes on. Celtic should be rightly disappointed to miss out on his signature.