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CELTIC are looking to get serious in the transfer market as they ramp up their efforts to be as ready as possible for the Champions League qualifiers.

With Armstrong heading out the door, it leaves a space in Rodgers squad to go and get a new midfielder and if reports are correct they will finally firm up their interest in Hibernian’s John McGinn.

The Hibees midfielder is in a similar situation to Stuart Armstrong, being on the last year of his deal but like Armstrong, Celtic have not let him go on the cheap. Hibs will insist on a decent transfer fee if they are to part with arguably their best player.

Celtic have an ace in the hole when it comes to negotiations. The Edinburgh outfit would love to bring back Scott Allan on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell last season – with the player not in Brendan Rodgers plans, he will most likely be used as a bargaining chip in any move for McGinn.

John has been on form for Hibs the past two seasons and is the reason why they got promoted and got a fourth place finish on their first season back in the SPFL.

Neil Lennon said he would love to hang onto the player but he realises it’s probably a long shot.

Celtic will test Hibs resolve in the coming days.

There has also been rumours on a possible loan move for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay but no firm interest at this point.

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