Former Scotland head coach Alex McLeish is unsure whether Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor will stay at Parkhead or be tempted with a move away.
The 27-year-old has been at the Glasgow club for his entire career and came through the ranks at Lennoxtown, serving a loan spell at Notts County during the 2013/14 campaign as a youngster.
McGregor, who was recently described as a “metronome” by manager Neil Lennon, has scored 53 goals and provided 63 assists in 316 appearances in total (Transfermarkt) and has recently been named in reports as the possible new captain of Celtic if Scott Brown decides to walk away at the end of the season.
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish is not 100% sure whether McGregor’s heart is at Celtic – or elsewhere.
When asked whether McGregor would stick around at Parkhead, he said: “Good question – a couple of years ago when Brendan left, he was linked with Brendan taking him there but Brendan has obviously got a really, really strong Leicester squad and the results have been phenomenal.
“It might not be the right move for Callum if he goes and he only plays a bit part. Celtic give him the platform of playing every single week, playing with one of the biggest clubs and the possibility of becoming, or he is already getting towards, the legendary status if he stays.
“If he gets paid what he expects to be paid then you could see him staying but I don’t know the ambition of the young man, does he want to try himself in the Premier League or abroad? Some players want to try and test themselves.”
McLeish went on to speak about whether the pandemic has altered McGregor’s thinking in terms of priorities and his next personal goal.
“I don’t know what Covid will have done to a lot of people’s thinking over the last year and a bit but I’m sure that we’re going to see changes in a lot of things – there’s talk of the Champions League reshuffling and such.
“At the moment he’s a really strong Celtic player and a player they need during these hard times for them.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
While McLeish raises some points, we believe it would be a huge shock if McGregor decides to walk away from the club that has given him so much success.
The £20k-a-week earning McGregor has also gone on to accumulate 26 caps for Scotland, as well as appear at every level on the international stage, and has been somewhat of a talisman for the Hoops given his incredible tenure at the club.
While Celtic have had a horrendous season thus far, whether this will affect McGregor’s line of thinking or not, only time will tell.
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