HIBS assistant manager Garry Parker has hinted it could take new Rangers manager Steven Gerrard’s entire £6 million war chest for the Leith club to consider selling Scotland international John McGinn.
Influential midfielder McGinn has been linked with the Govan club ahead of the two teams locking horns at Easter Road in today’s final Premiership game of the season.
Rangers chairman Dave King announced plans to raise £6m through a new shares issue to support incoming manager Gerrard’s summer recruitment plans.
However, Parker insists they may have to throw all their eggs in one basket if they want McGinn.
He said: “I heard they’re looking to spend £6m – so are they going to put all their money into buying one player?
“That’s £6m for us to go and choose some players then.”
Asked if Rangers would need all of that cash to sign McGinn, Parker added: “If that’s what they’re saying they have, and they’re going to buy him.”
Hibs head coach Neil Lennon and Parker face the daunting prospect of trying to find an entire new midfield with Dylan McGeouch leaving and McGinn expected to be the subject of intense interest.
Celtic loanee Scott Allan’s future also remains in doubt and Parker admits the club face a challenging summer.
He added: “Recruitment’s so important.
“If we’re going to lose those sort of players we have to bring quality players in to replace them because they’re good players we’re potentially losing.
“We finished fourth this year – we have to get people in to help us get higher than that, because that’s our aim.”
Asked about Allan, who rejoined the club in January, Parker added: “This is the conversation we’ll have after the last game of the season.
“We’ll have a good chat over what we need and where we need to strengthen.
“Of course, that will be in midfield, we’re aware of that and there are targets we want.
“But let’s see where we are after today’s game.”