John McGinn has announced that he chose Celtic last summer – and has not ruled out playing for her in the future.

The Scottish international was the subject of a transfer tug-of-war last summer, in which Aston Villa and Celtic vied for the then midfield player.

The Scottish champion had rejected a series of offers from Hibs before Steve Bruce managed to bring the deal across the line and bring him to B6.



This transfer is rated as one of the best in Villa's recent history, but McGinn has admitted that he was disappointed that he has not switched to Parkhead.

In his talk about BT Sport's Scottish Football Extra, he talked about the difficult situation he was in: "It was awful. The summer was extremely hard for me, especially as it was such an important time for Hibs.

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"I think Celtic had some offers at that time and openly I put my heart into it. I spoke to everyone at Hibs, including Neil Lennon, who ironically is now the Celtic manager.

"I'm wrapped up in a Celtic bubble up the street, many of my family members are Celtic fans and all my friends follow them home and away, at the time it was so hard, I got the questions everyday and did not know what was going on was. "

Since moving to the Villans, McGinn is not only one of the club's best midfielders, but also one of the best in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has long been surrounded by Manchester United, but he declined to play for Celtic in the future.

"You never never say football," he added. Obviously the circumstances mean that I am now an Aston Villa player, but I take every year as it comes, and if it happens across the board, who knows. "

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