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In demand: St Mirren's Ireland midfielder Jamie McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile

In demand: St Mirren's Ireland midfielder Jamie McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile

In demand: St Mirren's Ireland midfielder Jamie McGrath. Photo: Sportsfile

Scottish side Hibernian are facing competition from four Championship clubs in the battle to sign Ireland international Jamie McGrath when the transfer window opens next month.

McGrath (25) is out of contract with St Mirren in the summer and instead of losing him at the end of the season for nothing, the club are resigned to seeing the Meath native move on in the January window and appear ready to cut a deal with one of his suitors. Last summer, a number of clubs were linked with a £400,000 (€470,000) move for McGrath but he remained at St Mirren.

Hibs, Aberdeen, Hearts and Dundee United are all keen, with Hibs, under new manager Shaun Moloney, heading the queue. But at least four Championship teams, including Middlesbrough, are also eager to land a player whose stock has been rising on the back of his international appearances with Ireland.

St Mirren have offered McGrath a new contract which would make him the best-paid player in the club’s history but the ex-Dundalk man is likely to reject that and move on.

However, he insists he remains committed to his current club who have been hit with a serious outbreak of Covid-19 this week ahead of SPL games against Celtic (tonight) and Rangers (Sunday), with up to nine senior players absent for the club’s Irish manager Jim Goodwin.

“I want to play at the highest level I can, wherever that is, and fingers crossed I can get there,” McGrath told the said.

“There are a few bits and pieces around, there was a lot of interest in the summer and between one thing and another it didn’t work out. I am happy where I am, I have six months left on my contract so we’ll see what happens in January, the club have put a nice offer before me.

“I am just grateful to be in the position I am in, and I can’t take my eye off the ball.”


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