McGinn happy to bide time

NIALL McGINN will remain patient in his bid to win a regular place in Celtic's starting eleven.

The Northern Ireland international has been on the fringes since signing from Derry City last January but has impressed the Hoops' fans with his pace and directness whenever called upon.

He was drafted into the side for the Active Nation Scottish Cup fourth-round tie over Morton at Cappielow last night where his first-half strike was enough to separate the two sides in a 1-0 win.

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While calls for McGinn, 22, to be given an extended run by manager Tony Mowbray will grow stronger, he vowed to remain patient. "No, I'm not going to knock on the manager's door," he said. "I'm only in my second year of full-time football, it is all new to me. I am just enjoying my time at the moment and any opportunity I get I have to make the most of it and sooner rather than later I will be in the team week-in, week-out. I thought I could have played better but it was important to score and when you win 1-0 it is always good to get on the scoresheet."

McGinn is likely to see a new face at training today but Mowbray denied it will be Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger yesterday confirmed Celtic's interest in the 24-year-old Swiss defender.

However, the Celtic boss said: "There has been no bid. There is no decision (to be made) from Senderos. You have been watching too much television."

It is thought that Celtic will confirm the signing of Norwegian teenager Thomas Rogne later today. Mowbray refused to confirm the player's name but said: "I don't think the signing will be a major acquisition but it will be an important one as we try to build the club."