Celtic bid rejected as Hoops and Rangers go head to head for highly rated young duo: Old Firm transfer rumours
Celtic and Rangers are vying for the same two transfer targets according to today's Old Firm rumour mill.
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic have already had a bid rejected in the pursuit of Hibernian midfielder John McGinn, according to STV. The Hoops are said to have bid £1.5m for the Scottish international, falling substantially below the Edinburgh's side's valuation.
McGinn's grandfather Jack is an ex-chairman at Celtic and the highly-rated 23 year-old has long been tipped for a move to Glasgow. Hibs boss Neil Lennon has already said it could prove difficult to hold on to the player this summer and the Scotsman even claim that Rangers could enter the race for his signature as boss Steven Gerrard is a big admirer.
The second player said to be on the radar of both Old Firm clubs is Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson. The Scottish Sun report that Celtic boss Rodgers has already asked his old club for the Welshman's services in a loan deal for next season. Gers boss Gerrard has been linked with a £250,000 loan deal for the Welshman since he took over at Ibrox and the Sun report says the former Reds midfielder wants his man on board as soon as possible.
Wilson, 21, spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship club Hull City, where he scored seven goals in 11 league starts. Wilson has made just one senior appearance for the Reds, a substitute outing in a 1-0 win over Plymouth in the FA Cup last year.
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