Aston Villa's Jack Grealish bigs up Celtic's Callum McGregor

By David Walton

November 20, 2019

England under-21 international Jack Grealish has stated that former teammate Callum McGregor would thrive in the Premier League.

The Aston Villa man played with McGregor back in the 2013-14 season at Notts County. The Celtic hero had a career-defining campaign with the then League One outfit. He made 41 appearances and bagged 14 goals in a season that helped spring him into Celtic contention (Transfermarkt).

In the same year and with the same team, Grealish was also an up-and-comer. He played alongside McGregor on many occasions as he also spent a year with County on loan.

Callum McGregor had a huge season with Notts County (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

So he’s in a good place to say how McGregor would fare in the Premier League. And in comments picked up by the Daily Record, he was highly-praising of the Celtic hero.

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“When I got there (County), he was the talk of the club and probably their best player at the time. Training with him day in, day out, you could see how much talent he had. I knew he was a couple of years older than me but he always stood out.

“If he ever did come to the Premier League, 100 per cent he’d be a success. I know Brendan Rodgers absolutely loved him. I don’t know if it will happen because Celtic has a massive place in his heart in the way Aston Villa is in mine. It would be hard to leave our clubs.”

The McGregor-Premier League question isn’t even a debate

It’s not even a question as to whether McGregor can play in the Premier League. All you have to do is look at some of the midfielders in England’s top flight to back that up.

McGregor has netted against the likes of Bayern Munich and Zenit in the past (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

The likes of Jack Cork (Burnley), Dale Stephens (Brighton), and Isaac Hayden (Newcastle) are all Premier League regulars. Is there really a debate to be had as to whether McGregor is of similar quality to them?

He’s a top, top midfielder. His numbers at Celtic have been simply incredible over the last couple of seasons. Last season he managed 60 games for club and country. This term? He’s already on 26 for Celtic alone. Neil Lennon has only left him out of one game all season (Transfermarkt).

That’s a sign of McGregor’s mentality as well as his quality. He’s showing the kind of consistency and quality that would easily find a spot in the Premier League.

McGregor is at Celtic for the long-term (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The real question is whether CalMac would be good enough for a top-six team in the Premier League. In our view, of course he is. McGregor is the full package, and has both Europa League and Champions League experience under his belt as well as his extensive Scotland CV.

So it’s no wonder that Grealish is singing the praises of McGregor. He’s more than good enough to play in Europe’s top leagues.