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NEIL LENNON has admitted that all the speculation surrounding the future of John McGinn has had an unsettling effect on the player.

However, the Hibs manager remained defiant on whether he will be a Celtic player by the end of this window and told reporters he WILL play John in the Europa league qualifier this evening.

“Of course it is unsettling for the player,”

“This is football, and you can’t stop progress, but all the speculation is not an easy thing for him to deal with.

“We just need to manage him as best we can until it’s resolved one way or the other.

“The best thing for him is to play. I’ve seen no ill-effects in his play. He was excellent on Sunday and played well at Linlithgow. He has a bit of a dead leg but trained well on Wednesday and is available for Runavik.

“You would need to ask Celtic if it’s inevitable that John will go.”

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