Callum McGregor has insisted that while he would probably like to play in the Premier League in the future, he was delighted to stay at Celtic despite attracting interest from Leicester City in the summer, in comments reported by the Daily Record.
McGregor has been one of the Scottish Premiership’s best players for a number of years. So it was no surprise that Brendan Rodgers came calling in the summer after swapping Parkhead for the King Power Stadium last season (via Daily Record).
However, the Record reports that Celtic insisted that the midfielder was not available at any price. And McGregor clearly had little problem with the Hoops’ stance as he signed a new contract last month.
And with questions about his future put to bed for the time-being, McGregor explained how he is extremely happy to be staying put.
“I’ve been loving my football, been playing really well, the gaffer’s been brilliant with me and the way we’ve started the season has been unbelievable,” he said, as reported by the Record.
“To be fair, the English Premier’s probably the best league around, you watch it and the standard’s good and you’d like to test yourself in it. But this is a big place to play football too and the European campaign has highlighted that.”
“I love this club and it has been very good to me throughout the years, so you’re not looking to move. I was happy with their stance so it was just a case of trying to get it done as quickly as possible and getting on with focusing on the football,” he added.
Unfortunately for Celtic fans, McGregor’s deal is probably only going to stop the rumours for a short time. He is a fantastic player. And further interest in him looks almost inevitable.
The new contract surely leaves the Hoops in a stronger position. And McGregor clearly has no plans to rock the boat anytime soon. But it should perhaps surprise no-one if the speculation starts up again before too long.