Aston Villa pipped Celtic to the signing of John McGinn in the summer after both clubs appeared to have held a long-standing interest in the former Hibernian man.
The midfielder has started his career well at Villa Park, having already become a key player in the side now managed by Dean Smith, which may have frustrated the Hoops a little further that they did not manage to sign him.
However, they do have Callum McGregor in their ranks and the 25-year-old has put in a number of his own impressive performances for the Scottish Premiership side himself.
But which of the two sides have the better midfielder in this battle of the “Mcs”?
The 23-year-old certainly made a name for himself during his time at Easter Road under Neil Lennon, so it was no real surprise that he was a player with such demand.
McGinn scored 17 goals during his 132 appearances for Hibs, including 29 assists, and helped the Edinburgh outfit finish in a fourth-place finish last season that included a semi-final outing in the Scottish League Cup.
He has since continued those fine stats at Aston Villa after completing a move in the summer, having become a mainstay in the side, despite the club’s current struggles in the Championship.
The Scotland international has two goals to his name so far in his 15 outings, whilst he has also helped to provide the Villans with four assists.
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Should McGinn have teamed up with the Bhoys at Celtic Park, McGregor may have found it difficult to play an influential role for Brendan Rodgers side.
However, the midfielder has been a key member for the Hoops, having started in all but two of their matches across all competitions this season, helping to guide them back to the top of the Scottish Premiership table, a Scottish League Cup final and within a chance of reaching the next stages of the Europa League.
Having spent the early stages of his Celtic career at Notts County on loan, he has since been able to record figures of 34 goals and assists in 192 matches for the Bhoys.
The 25-year-old has excelled under Rodgers’ guidance at the club, which has also seen him become a key Scotland international.
It may have taken McGegor some time to endear himself to the Celtic faithful, but his steady progression in recent years has made him a firm fan-favourite on the terraces at Celtic Park.
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There is no doubt that both players will be two of Scotland’s best midfielders if they are not already considered so.
Celtic will have been disappointed not to have landed McGinn in the summer, however, it appears that McGregor is a more than suitable option for the Bhoys to have.
Both have been extremely important to their respective sides, however, McGregor wins this battle as he is likely to make more of a difference as the Hoops aim to retain their Scottish Premiership title once again.
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