STEVE BRUCE published how a spherical of GOLF helped him scouse borrow John McGinn from Celtic.

The ex-Aston Villa boss has hailed the Scot, as his very best signing after snatching him from Hibs for £3million 15 months in the past.

 John McGinn in action for Aston Villa


John McGinn in motion for Aston VillaCredit score: PA:Empics Recreation

And Bruce admitted he needed to pull out the entire stops to gazump Celtic — together with treating McGinn’s golf-mad dad to a spherical at The Belfry.

The Newcastle boss, whose aspect take on Villa on Monday night time, stated: “Given their monetary plight on the time, Villa didn’t have £3m.

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“How we were given him out of a transfer to Celtic I don’t in reality know as a result of his grandfather Jack used to be Celtic’s former chairman.

“We caught at it as a result of we knew how excellent John used to be and it took a few rounds of golfing at The Belfry together with his dad till lets muster the cash in combination. I didn’t thoughts paying for the ones.”

Scotland ace McGinn has now been related with a £50m transfer to Manchester United and Bruce added: “John’s on the stage of a giant membership like Manchester United. I’m extremely joyful for him as a result of he’s a smashing lad.

“Given what he’s finished up to now 12 months I will be able to handiest see him proceeding to reinforce.

“He must be certainly one of my very best ever signings as a result of he has a resolution to do neatly. With him and Jack Grealish within the center, they’ll be a handful as a result of they’re two most sensible avid gamers.”

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