Callum McGregor is “definitely Premier League bound” despite recently penning a five-year Celtic contract.

That is the verdict of ex-Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the player he hails as one of Scotland’s “crown jewels”.

The midfielder, 26, put pen to paper on a new five-year contract earlier this month that ties him to the club until the summer of 2024.

The improved contract comes after Leicester made a £15million move for McGregor in the summer but the Celtic hierarchy told him he was going nowhere.

“Brendan Rodgers tried to get him at the beginning of the season and you can see why,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s one of the crown jewels for Scotland and Celtic.

“He’s a tremendous midfielder, very creative, technically good, industrious, you can rely on him every week. He rarely gets an injury or misses a game.

“He’s a top professional on and off the field, and it’s no surprise Leicester made a move. Rodgers did so much for his career.

“Celtic did really well to keep him, given the Premier League interest. He’s definitely Premier League-bound at some point. His old teammate Kieran Tierney has gone to Arsenal and I’m sure he’d love a crack at it at some point as well.”

McGregor has already made a remarkable 26 appearances in this campaign, scoring five goals and supplying two assists from midfield.

He has formed an outstanding partnership in the middle of the pitch with Scott Brown that is the foundation to the team’s pursuit of a ninth consecutive league title.

Meanwhile, Leicester are faring superbly just nine months into Rodgers’ reign. They are second in the Premier League table, with 26 points from 12 matches.

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