THE natural question to ponder when watching Kouassi Eboue struggle through a torrid 90 minutes in the midfield maelstrom at Tynecastle on Saturday lunchtime was what difference might it have made to Celtic had John McGinn been in there to help Scott Brown stand up to the Hearts heavy artillery of Peter Haring and Olly Lee?
Instead, the former Hibernian midfielder was almost 300 miles away from the capital running the show for his new club Aston Villa in their win over Wigan, laying on two goals in the 3-2 victory and using his formidable backside with the usual aplomb to hold off opponents and instantly announce himself as a fans’ favourite at Villa Park.
The remarkable thing to consider from a Celtic point of view is that it took the same fee – £2.8m – to land Eboue from Russian side Krasnodar that they eventually agreed with Hibs when their hand was forced by the intervention from Steve Bruce’s side.
It is probably true that McGinn was almost comically undervalued and Eboue was drastically over-valued, but there is no doubting which of the two represents value for money.
If Brendan Rodgers was making a point to his board as …read more