The Hoops were heavily linked with McGinn during the last transfer window, and manager Brendan Rodgers spoke publicly about his admiration for the then Hibs midfielder.
However, Celtic saw several bids rejected before the 25-year-old ended up moving to Aston Villa for a fee of around £2.7 million and he’s gone from strength to strength playing in the English Championship.
A lifelong Celtic fan, McGinn seemed destined to move to Parkhead but despite the failure in closing the deal, Lawwell has said he’s happy with his efforts.
Speaking at the club’s AGM earlier today, via the Sun, he said: “John McGinn decided to go to Aston Villa rather than Celtic, that was his professional choice.
“I am satisfied we did all we could to bring him to Celtic but he made a career decision to go to Villa.
“We spent a record transfer fee on Odsonne Edouard but we wanted to do more.
“It was a complicated market. The players have to be better than what we have.
“The purpose of having money in the bank is spending and we will strengthen at the right time.
“There wasn’t a lack of willingness to strengthen.”
What do you think of Lawwell’s comments? And how much have Celtic missed McGinn in the heart of their midfield this season?
Moreover, do you think Lawwell and the board did all they could to lure McGinn to Glasgow?