CALLUM MCGREGOR is set for serious talks about his Celtic future with Neil Lennon publicly telling Celtic to do the right thing and hand Callum a new and improved Celtic deal.

The player was subject to some serious interest in the summer – late on in the EPL transfer window with the Celtic manager confirming he had to make it clear Callum was not for sale.

Now in October and even though the midfielder has not long signed a new deal for the club, the Irishman believes McGregor has earned a new deal and that the player is receptive to staying at the club.

“We’re in talks at the minute, so we’re hoping to get that one finalised.” Lennon told RecordSport.

“There was interest in him, there was no question about that. That doesn’t surprise us.

“There was no confirmation of a bid but there was definite interest.

“We held on to him and it’s important we (the club) do the right thing. The principled thing is to give him a new deal, he deserves it.”

“In the talks we’ve had so far, Callum is receptive to staying. I don’t know how long he has left but we’re hoping to give him an improved contract anyway.”

Callum has been Celtic’s iron man – the central midfielder played more games than any other player in Europe last season.

Coming through the ranks at Celtic and seeing Kieran Tierney leave for England could have unsettled the player. There’s no doubt if Celtic are knocking back serious interest then they can do little else but offer Callum improved terms in the hope he doesn’t want to look elsewhere.

Olivier Ntcham got the same treatment last year after Brendan Rodgers refused to sell the Frenchman.


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