FORMER Top Celtic Target John McGinn has admitted his love for Celtic but seemed at peace with his decision not to sign with the club in the summer.

The bhoys had been chasing McGinn for some time but were reluctant to meet Hibernian’s transfer fee because they were the only ones bidding at first and the player only had a year left on his deal.

Aston Villa ended up coming in for him in the final days of the window and Celtic only then met Hibs valuation when the midfielder was already in Birmingham doing his medical.

A Brendan Rodgers phone call could not sway him from his earlier decision to join Aston Villa and the player signed on the dotted line.

Speaking about it now John seemed pragmatic about the whole thing BUT did divulge the Celtic approach was complicated – although he refused to go into further detail.

“I loved Celtic all my life but it wasn’t to be,” McGinn told TalkSport Radio.

“There was a lot of complications (with the Celtic approach). At the end of the day, Aston Villa just felt right and I’m delighted I made this choice.”

There was a bit of friction between the Celtic manager and the Chief Executive after the failed transfer but since Celtic’s upturn in fortunes and the emergence of Ryan Christie, things are looking even better for the club without McGinn.



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