Celtic transfer news: Neil Lennon warns Brendan Rodgers to forget signing Callum McGregor

23 Jun

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told Brendan Rodgers to forget signing Callum McGregor, according to reports.

Rodgers, who left Parkhead to take over at Leicester City in February, is keen to strengthen his midfield in this summer window.

Callum McGregor is wanted by Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers

Youri Tielemans became a vital player for the Foxes during the second half of the season, but has since returned to Monaco after his loan spell came to an end.

According to the Daily Record, potential target Callum McGregor will not be following his former manager to the King Power Stadium.

Celtic have already rejected a £15million bid from Arsenal for Kieran Tierney but are likely to accept anything the region of £25m, but that wouldn’t be enough to take McGregor.

Lennon was quick to admit that he wasn’t surprised by the bid from Arsenal, but is adamant that the club have no desperate need to sell.

Neil Lennon has issued a hands off warning to former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

He said: “I would be surprised if we didn’t get bids, given the calibre of the player. Then we may have a decision to make.

“Even if they are mid-table clubs in England, they have plenty of money and they are playing in the Premier League.

“I would be surprised if there wasn’t bid for a number of players here.

“Would they be difficult to turn down? It depends what the bid is.

“There’s big money being quoted for players down there and Kieran is as good as them, if not better.”

talkSPORT’s David Connolly has compared the rumoured move for Tierney to Southampton’s signing of Virgil van Dijk in 2015.

Look at some of the players that have left Celtic in the past,” said Connolly.

“For example Van Dijk – when he left for Saints for about £13m – in the end he’s gone to Liverpool for £75m-odd.

“I’m not saying Kieran Tierney is going to be the same, but £15m isn’t a lot for a player of his quality.

“I’m sure Celtic will be saying ‘you’ve got to pay his market value’, which is near enough at least double that, I would’ve thought.”