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The Chalkboard: What potential Celtic exit for Callum McGregor would mean

According to a report in The Scottish Sun on Sunday (December 9, Page 57), Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is a £10m January target for Premier League side Bournemouth, but what would happen if he did leave Parkhead in the New Year?

On the chalkboard

The Scotland international has been a regular for the Glasgow giants over the course of the previous four seasons especially, and while the utility man usually features in a central or more attacking role for the Bhoys, he has been excelling in more of a holding midfield role in recent times.

Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham have been two players that have held that particular position previously, but now the 25-year-old is largely keeping both players on the substitutes’ bench as he continues to shine in a 4-1-4-1/defensive 4-3-3 system.

McGregor is probably in the form of his life right now and it is no surprise that he is getting admiring glances from top flight teams south of the border, although the £10m valuation would be a surprise even if Celtic sold Moussa Dembele for less than £20m in the summer.

Who would benefit from McGregor’s exit?

Should the nine-cap Scottish ace leave in January, Brendan Rodgers and Celtic Park faithful would surely be very unhappy, but there is one player that might not exactly share those emotions.

Ntcham has found first-team minutes hard to come in recent matches despite signing a new four-year contract in November, and he was only an unused substitute in their last Europa League group game against Rosenborg, only played for four minutes against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final, and featured for 28 minutes against Kilmarnock at the weekend.

While the 22-year-old still has time on his side he will be disappointed that he isn’t playing regularly right now, and McGregor leaving would allow him to reclaim his holding midfield role.

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