Neil Lennon is desperate not to lose his star midfielder Callum McGregor, per The Scottish Sun.
Lennon has stated his admiration for McGregor and wants to keep him at Parkhead this summer.
The Celtic boss said: “He’d be probably the last one I’d want to leave, along with a couple of others, or even be unsettled at this stage.
“He’s pivotal to what we want to do going forward. He’s just brilliant. I don’t take his performances for granted.”
The dynamic 26-year-old has been of interest to his former manager Brendan Rodgers and Leicester. The Daily Record reported earlier this summer that Celtic told the Premier League club McGregor isn’t for sale after an enquiry from the Foxes.
McGregor’s importance to Celtic is clear, given the former Notts County loanee missed just four of his club’s 63 games last season. Rodgers is also clearly still a fan of the midfielder having praised the player as recently as June, highlighting his professionalism.
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Kieran Tierney looks to be edging closer to the Celtic Park exit doors with Arsenal expected to come in for a third time after their second bid was rejected, according to The Daily Record.
That’s three big players to potentially lose in one summer – despite Ntcham’s underwhelming campaign last term – and Lennon shouldn’t let another of their calibre depart. Trying to replace those three will prove hard work for the club and they shouldn’t make it any trickier for themselves by selling another key first-team player in McGregor.
Similarly, skipper Scott Brown isn’t getting any younger and did struggle with an injury last season, which kept him out for eight games. The 34-year-old won’t be around forever and in McGregor, the Hoops have got someone who can already replicate Brown’s on-field importance.
Unless Celtic can squeeze out a ginormous fee (in Youri Tielemans’ ball park) then this isn’t the best summer to cash in on the pivotal man. Lennon has got his verdict that McGregor is “the last one I’d want to leave” absolutely spot on.