Have Celtic seen off the Callum McGregor Premier League interest?

By David Walton

July 15, 2019

With Premier League interest having been reported for several of our top stars this summer, you can’t blame Celtic fans for being a tad worried.

As the Kieran Tierney saga rumbles on, an end to that doesn’t look anywhere near in sight. But it does look as though we could, if lucky, be at an end when it comes to Callum McGregor and potential suitors.

The Hoops midfielder racked up just under 70 games last season. It was a phenomenal effort from the Scotland international, and, naturally, it seemed to turn heads.

Callum McGregor was a wanted man earlier on in the window (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The main and only reported approach for his services, however, came from Leicester City. It was no surprise really when the Daily Record reported that Celtic had booted out the Foxes’ approach for him. Peter Lawwell apparently told Brendan Rodgers that he has no chance of landing our talismanic midfielder.

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It was a concern at the time. There weren’t any real figures being floated about, and it didn’t look as though Leicester had actually made an offer. But enquiring for McGregor’s services showed intent, and the last thing we needed was to let him go this summer.

Premier League interest has gone quiet

But it’s now been three weeks since that approach from Leicester was kicked out. Thankfully, there hasn’t been a peep of them returning with another offer or another Premier League club looking to do business for McGregor.

McGregor was full of energy against Sarajevo (Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Leicester evidently seemed to take the hint from Lawwell. No offer came after that, nothing for Celtic to mull over. A saga for the midfielder hasn’t ensued, and things have gone awfully quiet on him.

But that, of course, is terrific news for Celtic. McGregor remains fully committed to the Parkhead cause, and put himself about well in Sarajevo last Tuesday.

There was a report from Football Insider that stated McGregor was “ready to leave” Celtic this summer. But judging by his performances over the last couple of games, both competitively and friendly, the midfielder isn’t showing any unrest at Parkhead.

McGregor remains a key cog for Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If there were any early summer fears over losing McGregor, it does seem as though we can relax in that regard for now. Nothing is on the horizon, and it looks as though Celtic have sent a clear message in how they dealt with Leicester’s approach.

The fact they weren’t even willing to give the Foxes a number in terms of our valuation of him is telling. And it looks as though clubs have gotten the message too.