Celtic pundit Paul John Dykes has recently talked about John McGinn, questioning why the Hoops didn’t sign him earlier in his career.
This came after Dykes hosted the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and he talked about numerous issues involving the Hoops. He talked about the lack of Scottish talents that Celtic go after in the market and this led to him talking about McGinn. Dykes talked about the time when he first watched the Scotsman play and then he questioned why the Hoops didn’t sign him.
McGinn recently scored from an overhead kick for the Scottish national team, helping them pick up a 2-2 draw against Austria in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Back in 2018, he had joined Aston Villa from Hibernian despite interest from the Hoops.
Was it Celtic's fault that they missed out on McGinn?
Dykes said that when McGinn had played for St. Mirren against Celtic as a teenager, he was the best player on the pitch and he feels that the Hoops should’ve signed him then.
The pundit stated
TIF Thoughts on John McGinn…
While that is certainly disappointing for Celtic fans, McGinn had later clarified that he joined Villa because Steve Bruce had promised him regular game time, whereas at Celtic, he wasn’t going to play regularly because of the players that they had.
So while Celtic fans should be gutted about missing out on McGinn, perhaps it wasn’t the club’s fault.