ALAN Stubbs believes John McGinn is 'one of the hottest properties in Scotland' and can become an even better player at Hibernian.

Stubbs is convinced the Easter Road club have pulled off a massive signing coup with their recruitment of the 20-year-old from St Mirren.

The midfielder was out of contract after rejecting the offer of new terms in Paisley but Hibs had to pay the Buddies a development fee to allow him to pen a four-year deal in the capital.

The youngster was denied a debut at the weekend in the League Cup win over Montrose as Hibs assessed his fitness following a pre-season in which he had a spell training with MLS side Houston Dynamo.

However, with the possibility of the new signing making his bow in Saturday's opening-day Championship clash with Dumbarton, Stubbs is excited by his latest arrival.

He said: "We're absolutely thrilled with the signing of John. He has been a coveted named that people have been trying to get hold of and he's probably one of the hottest properties in Scotland, as a young talent.

"So, for us to have captured his signing is a great bit of business for the football club.

"I firmly believe that whether it's a young player or whether it's an older player, we just want to sign good players.

"But the fact that we've signed John is a fantastic bit of business. He's at a great age where we can develop him and hopefully develop an even better footballer, which is what we all want.

"And if we do that then obviously his value will go up.

"But we feel as if we've signed a player at a fantastic age, who's going to have his best years ahead of him, and a lot of them as well.

"I think overall it's a really, really exciting signing for the club."

Meanwhile, across Edinburgh, Hearts are bracing themselves for a third bid for Scotland under-21 defender Jordan McGhee from Ipswich Town.

The Tynecastle club have rejected two official approaches from their English Championship counterparts, with the most recent offer believed to be in the region of £250,000.

However, Town manager Mick McCarthy, who is a keen admirer of the 19-year-old, is willing to return to the table before the closure of the transfer window.

Ipswich recently banked a whopping £8 million transfer fee after selling defender Tyrone Mings to Barclay's Premier League new boys Bournemouth.

There is no imperative for the Jambos to let one of their prize assets leave Tynecastle, having tied McGhee to a new deal in January.

He is contracted to the club until the summer of 2017 and £250,000 is well below the Jambos' asking price for a defender who made his first-team debut for the club at the age of 16 and has gone onto make 44 appearances.

Despite the teenager making just 15 starts last term, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has previously described McGhee as "one of the top prospects in the Scottish game".

Neilson has assured McGhee he will feature more in the first-team this term, however the Gorgie men have added Blazej Augustyn and Igor Rossi Branco to their centre-back options.

Meanwhile, Juwon Oshaniwa could make his Hearts debut against Dundee on Saturday.

The Nigerian internationalist, who finally signed for the Jambos last weekend after a series of visa-related hold-ups, played no part in pre-season but followed his own fitness regime while he was in his homeland.

He will play a full part in training in the coming days and is expected to come into contention for the Premiership clash at Dens Park.

Neilson confirmed: "Juwon’s definitely got a chance of being involved on Saturday.

"He's here for three years so we didn't want to rush him and take any risks considering he's barely trained with us. He's bang on fitness-wise, though. He's in phenomenal condition so he'll be available for Dundee."