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After Scotland call-up should Celtic bring Dylan McGeouch back for third spell

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After Scotland call-up should Celtic bring Dylan McGeouch back for third spell

The Hibernian midfielder has been in fine form this season.

Alex McLeish’s first Scotland squad since returning to the national team role threw up a few surprises and first time call ups. Manchester United’s Scott McTominay was already known to be in the squad but he is joined by uncapped quintet Oli McBurnie, Barry Douglas, Jon McLaughlin, Scott McKenna and Dylan McGeouch. It is the latter that will be of particular interest to Celtic fans.

McGeouch has been in fine form under Neil Lennon at Hibernian this season. The 25-year-old has been running the show from midfield at Easter Road and catching the eye with his performances.

For Celtic, it is surely a regret to see him performing so well now. The midfielder spent eight years with Celtic, over two spells, as a youngster.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – July 06: Thomas Schrammel of Rapid Wien (L) competes for the ball with Dylan McGeouch of Celtic Glasgow during the Pre Season Friendly between SK Rapid Wien and Celtic Glasgow at Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadium on July 6, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Christian Hofer/Getty Images)

After making his first-team debut in November 2011 McGeouch spent time on loan at Coventry City and Hibernian, eventually making the latter permanent. After initially struggling with injury at Hibs McGeouch has made himself a regular and one of the best performing midfielders in the Scottish Premiership.

So should Celtic consider bringing McGeouch back?

It would be the third time McGeouch signed for Celtic. He left the club as a youngster, joining local rivals Rangers, before returning in 2011.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 22: Dylan McGeouch of Hibernian celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on April 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McGeouch is out of contract in the summer. As reported by the Scotsman in January, the midfielder is in no rush to sign anything regarding the new three-year extension. His patience could pay off. Celtic will no doubt regret letting McGeouch go now – seeing how well he has performed since the permanent switch to Edinburgh.

But he will be available on a free transfer and for Celtic it is essentially a no risk transfer if they manage to pry McGeouch away from Hibs.

If they did, it could be a case of third time lucky for the 26-year-old at Celtic Park.

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Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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