The Scottish midfielder is at the centre of the biggest transfer story in the game north of the border as both Celtic and Brighton show interest in signing him.
The Hoops have already had two bids rejected for the Easter Road midfielder, while the English Premier League outfit are reportedly in talks with his club.
But so far no one has met Hibs’ reported £4million valuation of McGinn and he’s still their player just days from the end of the summer transfer window in England.
That’s been brought forward in an attempt to avoid the disruption of late transfers impacting teams after the start of the season – as has been the case in previous seasons.
So you’d expect Brighton would come to Hibs with a solid offer to sign him before Thursday – and that may even force Celtic into making a bid.
That’s something former Dundee United and Falkirk manager – and Scotland assistant – Houston believes they need to be wary of.
And he used the money Aston Villa talent Grealish is reportedly worth to illustrate how McGinn would be a bargain at £3-4m.
Per bbc.co.uk, Houston said: “Celtic have got to be careful that they don’t lose him to England. If it’s £3m they’ve got to pay, he’s worth that in this market.
“The lad Jack Grealish at Aston Villa is maybe going to Tottenham for £25m, but McGinn is a better player in my opinion as a modern-day midfielder. Celtic should bite the hand off Hibs to get him.”
Grealish has been a Villa first team player since making his debut for the club in 2014, making 110 appearances and having his best campaign to date in Villa’s run to the playoff final last term.
And that’s led to speculation linking him with a £25m switch to Spurs – something that could materialise this coming week.
Do you agree with Houston though? Is McGinn better?