Graeme Mathie has told the Evening Times of the incredible response he received from John McGinn when he was told about his failed move to Nottingham Forest.
The Hibernian Sporting Director was the man tasked with telling the playmaker that his move to the City Ground was off, with the Edinburgh-based club opting not to cash in on the midfielder.
McGinn was lined up by Forest prior to the 2017/18 campaign when Mark Warburton was in charge. It has been claimed in the report that the 25-year-old would have quadrupled his wages had the move to Nottingham been completed.
Mathie knocked the bid back and was also tasked with the thankless job of letting McGinn know that a dream move to England wasn’t happening.
The key Hibs figure has claimed, however, that the maestro was the model professional.
He told the Evening Times: “I’ll never forget the text he sent me back.
“He came back and said: ‘Look, I get it, this is football, it’s no problem at all. I’m loving being at Hibs and I want to have the best season of my career and hopefully get a move to a good club’.
“John was committed to Hibs. Somebody was potentially offering to give him four or five times his money to take him to England and us, as a club, had said no to that.
“I thought it was an unbelievable thing for a young man to say.”
McGinn would go onto have his best season in a Hibs shirt and signed for Aston Villa prior to the 2018/19 campaign.
In his first season at Villa Park, he helped the club back into the Premier League, winning promotion via the play-offs.
The Birmingham Mail reported recently that McGinn is now valued around the £50 million mark and the Villa star is very much one that got away from a Forest perspective.
The Scotland international netted twice in Aston Villa’s 3-1 win over Forest at the City Ground last season.
It offered a timely reminder of what Forest missed out on and it is perhaps interesting whether or not McGinn’s arrival might have made the Reds a bit strong under Warburton’s management.