Celtic are reportedly seeking to offer midfielder Callum McGregor a pay rise to persuade him to commit his future to the club.
Football Insider reported that the Hoops are set to offer the 26-year-old a new deal worth £35,000 per week, which would make him one of the club’s highest-paid players.
According to Football Insider, Celtic want to give McGregor an improved deal to reward him for his performances in the team fend off interest from foreign suitors.
McGregor has been a frequent presence in Celtic’s line-up this season, starting 12 of their 13 matches so far in 2019/20. The 26-year-old has scored three goals this term, most recently in the 2-1 win over Hearts, and provided one assist. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
The Scotland international has been a hugely versatile player for the Hoops over the last five years, having featured all across the midfield, plus as a defensive and attacking midfielder. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
He was even deployed at left-back in Celtic’s home Champions League qualifier against CFR Cluj last month, but they lost that game 3-4 and many observers felt that McGregor struggled on the night.
David Friel of The Scottish Sun wrote that the makeshift left-back “didn’t look at ease” and was outjumped for one of the opposition goals, while Ryan Brown of Read Celtic said that McGregor “looked a shadow of himself and didn’t seem sure how to play that role“.
However, in an impassioned defence of the player, Celtic manager Neil Lennon subsequently pointed out to The Scotsman that the 26-year-old set up the Hoops’ first goal that night and also came close to scoring.
Lennon seems to have learned from his gamble of playing McGregor at left-back against CFR Cluj by subsequently restoring him to midfield and it speaks volumes of the player’s willingness to adapt that he was chosen to deputise in such an unfamiliar position.
That he has started every game for Celtic since then indicates that he has shown the character to quickly put that off-night behind him, with Lennon realising what he can offer to the team in a more attack-minded role.
McGregor has been effective enough for Celtic in recent months to be worthy of receiving an improved deal at the club.
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