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Celtic see second John McGinn bid of £1.75m rejected by Hibs
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sbobet ninja Hibernian have rejected a second bid from Celtic for midfielder John McGinn, Sky sources understand.The improved offer is understood to be around £1.75million after an initial offer of £1.5m was knocked back last week.

"We have rejected two bids from Celtic," head coach Neil Lennon said."Our club has a valuation of the player. I don't know what that is, but obviously Celtic have not met the valuation that Hibs want."

Hibernian take on NSI Runavik in the Europa League first qualifying round at Easter Road on Thursday, and Lennon confirmed the midfielder will be in the squad.

"He's been all right," Lennon said. "Obviously it is difficult. Listen, I have been a player myself, so it's difficult dealing with speculation."Obviously when a club as big as Celtic come in for you there is always that anticipation, from his point of view, of maybe making that step forward, if you want to call it that. sbobet ninja

"However, he has to be professional. We have had a couple of chats over the piece about it. He will just have to wait and see how it develops because he is our player, and he's a very important player for us."

McGinn - capped nine times at the senior level for Scotland - has just one year remaining on his current deal and has attracted interested from a number of clubs, including some from the Premier League.The 23-year-old joined Hibs from St Mirren in 2015 and has made 132 total appearances since then, scoring 15 times and helping the club win the Scottish Cup in 2016. sbobet ninja







Xherdan Shaqiri signing provides Jurgen Klopp with a different option

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sbo128  When it became clear that Mohamed Salah would not be able to continue, Jurgen Klopp had a big decision to make.Trying to replace a player with 44 goals in the season to his name is an unenviable task at the best of times, let alone 29 minutes into a Champions League final. Klopp plumped for Adam Lallana, who had played just 16 minutes of football in the two months prior, had played more than half an hour only once since January and has not played regularly in the front three since the 2015/16 season.

Liverpool confirm Shaqiri signing
The only realistic alternative was Dominic Solanke, a 20-year-old with only one senior goal to his name. Liverpool's fearsome front three had taken them to Kiev but the drop off in quality to those in reserve was stark, certainly following the departures of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, on loan, in January.

It is little surprise then that Klopp and Liverpool have moved to address the issue with Xherdan Shaqiri becoming the club's third summer signing.There was a decidedly mixed reaction from Liverpool fans when the Swiss international was first linked with a move to Anfield, around the time a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir fell through.

However, Shaqiri's release clause of £13.5m makes it a relatively risk-free deal. sbo128  Even if things were not to work out for the former Stoke playmaker on Merseyside, Liverpool would be confident of at least recouping their money for a player who does not turn 27 until October, especially given the current state of the transfer market.

Of course, the hope for both the player and the club is that it won't come to that and there is plenty to suggest he can be success at a club he first wanted to join in 2014."I had offers from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid," Shaqiri told in December 2016. "I opted for Liverpool. [Then-manager] Brendan Rodgers contacted me a few times during the World Cup. But Bayern blocked my move."

Four years on and having finally arrived, Shaqiri will have a point to prove.
While few would argue against his quality, stylistically Shaqiri will have to make some adjustments. His work rate was called into question at times last season and whether it is in the front three or in midfield, if such questions are asked again this season then he won't be in the team for long.

sbo128  The numbers show that Shaqiri actually covered more distance per game (9.6km) than any of Liverpool's front three but it is how he went about that that will likely need to change. Shaqiri made significantly fewer sprints per game than any of Salah, Firmino or Mane and with a limited pre-season due to his World Cup commitments, it will be interesting to see if he has the time, or indeed the capability, to adapt to a more physically demanding style of play.


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