Former Rangers defender Allan Hutton has told Football Insider that he thinks Celtic’s Callum McGregor is England bound.

The ex-Aston Villa man thinks his fellow compatriot is ready for football down south.

Leicester City are long time admirers of him but a move over the summer never came to fruition. However, Brendan Rodgers will try and get his man but Celtic are issuing a hands off approach.

Hutton thinks teams will go in for Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor

The right-back is a massive fan of McGregor and is familiar with his football.

Alan Hutton in action for Aston Villa earlier this year. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Hutton, now 34, did the jump from Rangers to English football many moons ago for a massive fee.

He knows the step up in quality and believes that McGregor possesses the attributes to match it.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Even with Scotland I enjoy watching him play, he’s so easy on the eye. He’s one of the talented boys that’s come out of Scotland so I’m a bit surprised he’s not went down south.

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“I’m sure there will be teams looking at him so I think possibly, in the future, he would fancy coming down south and having a go at it.”

Nevertheless, potential suitors are going to have a tough time prying him from Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers is a huge fan of Callum McGregor at Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rodgers was told to back away from McGregor in the summer as he won’t be moving any time soon.

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There must be a reason why Celtic are putting a no sale sign on McGregor.

Every player has their price and McGregor would be no different, one would expect.

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A plausible explanation is that he is being readied to be the new captain and take Scott Brown’s mantle. He isn’t going to be on the mega bucks Brown is on and he is a role model to younger players.

Perhaps all the tea in China isn’t big enough to stop Peter Lawwell and co’s plans for the Scotland international. It looks like Rodgers and others will need to look elsewhere for their next midfielder.

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