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Celtic face a fight for two TOP Scottish stars as Rangers close in on Croatian defender: Old Firm transfer rumours

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

Celtic have been linked with two of Scotland's up-and-coming young stars but won't have it easy if they're to land both players, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The Hoops' long pursuit of Hibernian midfielder John McGinn goes on but now seems to be complicated with the expected interest from south of the border. Hibs boss Neil Lennon says he'll be surprised if a bid doesn't come in from an English club before their transfer deadline arrives at 5pm on Thursday.

Sky Sports reported last week that Premier League club Brighton had opened talks over the 23-year-old but the club are understood to have stopped short of making an offer just yet.

Celtic have already had three bids, of £1.5m, £1.75m and £2m, turned down for McGinn with Hibs' valuation closer to £4m.

The Hoops have now also been linked with Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna but Dons boss Derek McInnes seems adamant his 23-year-old centre-back won't be sold.

Swansea have already contacted Aberdeen over the player and the Sun report that Celtic are also considering joining the race. McInnes is confident the player will remain where he is at the end of the window and the Bhoys' bid to sign him is further complicated by a hamstring injury he picked up against Rangers. That is set to keep McKenna on the sidelines for as little as two or as manny as eight weeks.

Over at Rangers, Borna Barisic is having his medical ahead of a £2.2m switch to Ibrox, according to the Daily Record. The Osijek left-sided defender impressed boss Gerrard when the two sides met in the Europa League and was kept out of his side's match on Sunday as a precaution ahead of his move to Glasgow.

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