Wigan Athletic Midfielder Drawing Interest From Scottish Duo

Wigan Athletic midfielder Jamie McGrath is drawing interest from Scottish top-flight sides, with Hibernian and Aberdeen both keen on the Republic of Ireland international, according to Alan Nixon.

The 26-year-old spent last season on loan in Scotland with Dundee United, with both sides keen to bring the midfielder back to Scotland as he looks set to depart Lancashire following their relegation to League One.

Wigan were hit with a winding-up petition last week over unpaid tax; the club have since been saved, as a takeover was completed by local billionaire businessman Mike Danson raising fans hopes for the club’s future once again.

Hibs boss Lee Johnson is reportedly an admirer of McGrath, who spent last season with Dundee United, scoring nine goals in 37 matches but McGrath tasted relegation himself, as Dundee United were relegated to the Scottish Championship and Johnson is ready to make a move to bring the Irishman back to the Scottish Premiership.

McGrath made the switch to Wigan in January 2022, joining from Scottish outfit St Mirren and departed in August in a loan switch back to Scotland after just four appearances for the Latics, with one start coming in the league for the club. Recently, the midfielder discussed his future, as he admitted that he was unsure what the future holds for him.

The midfielder has one season left on his contract and is hoping that the managerial change at the DW Stadium can work in his favour but with interest from Scotland once again, he may opt to return to where he has spent the majority of the last few seasons.

Shaun Maloney is now in charge at the club and looks to guide them out of League One next season, but does face a challenge with the Latics being handed a points deduction next season due to the financial difficulties they faced last season. 

McGrath has represented his country seven times at a senior level and is yet to get off the mark in terms of scoring for the Republic of Ireland and will be looking to play more first-team football in the hopes of adding to that tally.

Writer’s View

The midfielder has been impressive in the Scottish division during his time there, enough to gain the attention of bosses from other teams in the division. With just a year remaining on his contract at the League One club and his admission of the question marks over his future, it may be best for the club to sell as he potentially looks to further his international career.

 

 

 

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