Neil Lennon has confirmed that Hibs have rejected a second bid from Celtic for John McGinn.
The midfielder is in the final year of his contract with Hibs either having to create an auction or watch the player run down his contract and leave for free next summer.
Dylan McGeouch took up the latter option to move to Sunderland with Hibs bringing in Stevie Mallon from Barnsley to fill that gap.
It seems to be only a matter of time before McGinn leaves Easter Road with Lennon applying a business head to the situation.
“Two bids have come in and been rejected by the club,” the Hibs boss told the BBC.
“If you want to make a major story of it, that’s fine, but we’ve rejected two bids from Celtic. The club has a valuation of the player, I don’t know what that is, but obviously Celtic haven’t met the valuation that Hibs want at the minute.”
McGinn will be in action for Hibs tomorrow night against NSI Runavik in the first qualifying round of the Europa League with Lennon confident that the midfielder is in the proper frame of mind for the match.
“He’s been all right,” the Hibs boss added. “Obviously it’s difficult dealing with speculation and when a club as big as Celtic come in for you, there’s always that anticipation from his point of view of maybe making that step forward.
“However, he has to be professional. We’ve had a couple of chats and he’ll just have to wait and see how it develops because he’s our player and a very important player to us.”
Saint Mirren are due one third of any transfer fee that Hibs pick up for McGinn, current Saints boss Alan Stubbs was in charge of Hibs when they signed the midfielder from the Paisley side in 2015.