Celtic really can’t afford to sell Callum McGregor this summer. The Scotland international is rumoured to be attracting the attention of former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.
The Scotsman reports that Rodgers is interested in bringing in McGregor and could offer £10million for the Scotland man. The 26-year-old was a key player for both club and country, playing a total of 69 matches during the course of the season. That’s more than any other footballer worldwide.
The potential sale of one of our talismen wouldn’t go down well with fans. That’s the very point made by BT Sport broadcaster Darrell Currie on Twitter.
Not surprised there’s interest in Callum McGregor, but if Celtic sell him to Leicester there will be a lot of angry fans. Unless it’s for a fortune. And even then…
— Darrell Currie (@darrellcurrietv) June 14, 2019
Every player that plays for Celtic is available at the right price. That will never change given the modern market we find ourselves in. However, Celtic do have three or four players who are virtually irreplaceable and should only be sold in the event of an astronomical bid.
McGregor is one of those players. Along with Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard he makes up a quarter of players who are absolutely pivotal to us next season.
If Leicester are seriously thinking about making a £10million move for McGregor then they shouldn’t bother. Likewise, if Celtic are ready to sell one of our most valuable players for that price we should just pack it in.
McGregor is worth at least £15million in the current market. He’s contracted until 2021 and seems in no rush to leave the club at this stage. The next two years are absolutely crucial and we can’t be looking to sell any prized assets unless the bid is for crazy money.
Former Hoops target John McGinn would probably be valued at around £20million after a strong first season for Aston Villa. McGregor is a better all round footballer than the former Hibernian man and has proven himself in Europe too.
Darrell Currie is right, Celtic risk a real backlash from supporters if they sell any of the prized quartet this summer. We should be looking to build a team, not dismantle it.