Aston Villa superstar Jack Grealish has told the Daily Record that Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor would be a success in the Premier League, as the left-footed star continues to shine for the Scottish champions.
McGregor, 26, played alongside Villa skipper Grealish on loan at Notts County during the 2013-14 campaign. The Celtic ace scored 14 goals in 41 matches for Notts County alongside a fresh-faced Grealish in the third tier of English football.
The Celtic academy product remains a mainstay in Neil Lennon’s side and plays alongside Grealish’s Villa teammate John McGinn in the Scotland side. He already has 250 appearances to his name at Celtic.
Asked about McGregor’s future amid links to the Premier League with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, Grealish believes McGregor will remain at Celtic but reckons the midfielder would be an instant hit in England’s top tier.
“If he ever did come to the Premier League, 100 per cent he’d be a success,” Grealish said. “He is playing Champions League or Europa League every season, he plays in the Scotland team every single time, so I can’t see why he’d want to leave.
“But the Premier League is regarded by most as the best league in the world, so you never know. But if he comes here, he will be a success. But more than that, they [McGinn and McGregor] are both brilliant lads.”
TBR’s view – Should Aston Villa consider a move for McGregor?
Signing McGinn was arguably Steve Bruce’s best moment as Aston Villa manager, just as much as pushing the club into the play-off final. For less than £3million, McGinn was a bargain and is now said to be worth over £50million.
The Scotsman claimed Leicester were willing to pay £15million for McGregor in the summer, but the midfielder has since signed a new Celtic deal. Should Villa consider McGregor, then?
He would be an excellent signing and would shine in any side outside of the top six. A left-footed midfielder, he has an eye for goal and would instantly connect with McGinn and Grealish in an excellent three-man midfield.