John McGinn’s brace fired Aston Villa to a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest last night as the midfielder put in a classy performance.
The Scot signed for the Villans in August 2018, amid severe interest from boyhood club Celtic, according to the BBC.
McGinn opted for a move to the Championship instead of the Scottish giants and the Hoops must now regret not doing more to land him.
The 24-year-old is having a superb maiden season in the Championship.
He has contributed four goals and eight assists for Villa this season and is showing enough quality to become a top player.
McGinn would have been a real coup for Celtic.
The decision not to pursue him harder does now look to be somewhat foolish on Celtic’s part.
Can Villa keep him?
What must be a worry for Villa is that the manager that courted him for Celtic, Brendan Rodgers, is now in the Premier League with Leicester and might consider him for a summer transfer.
The Hoops definitely missed a trick though and it is one that might haunt them for years to come.
McGinn is thriving in the Villa midfield and is proving to be one of the Championship’s best players at the moment.
The quality he possesses could have made Celtic a force on the European front, he is that good!
McGinn opting for a switch to Villa Park perhaps suggests that the two big hitters in Scotland perhaps don’t have the same clout as the Championship when it comes to attracting players.
Celtic’s loss is ultimately Villa’s gain though and with Villa pushing hard for the play-offs, the left-footer could well be a Premier League player in a couple of months.
For the Hoops, they are left wondering what might have been.