By Alan Hutton

3rd Sep, 2020 | 2:30pm

'Massive' - Exclusive: Ex-defender reacts as PL club line up 8-figure bid for Celtic star

Alan Hutton has claimed that Celtic would struggle to turn down a £20 million offer from Leicester City for midfielder Callum McGregor. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers defender lavished praise on the 27-year-old, arguing that he is the “catalyst” of the Hoops’ side.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Foxes are lining up a big money move to reunite the Scotland international with former Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers south of the border. 

And Hutton believes that an offer of that size could lure the Bhoys into a sale.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’s big, big money, but I think he’s fantastic – not only over the past couple of seasons but for years now.

“I don’t want to curse him or anything but he’s never injured. He is the catalyst. He’s a mainstay in the team, and he’s one of those guys who is a future captain, in my opinion.

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“It really depends how he sees his future going. Does he want to do a Scott Brown and stay for years and play for the one club, or does he fancy challenging himself at, arguably, a top four club? That’s a massive move in itself.

“It’s going to be a tough decision, but money talks, and if Leicester come in with a £20 million up front bid, it will be difficult to turn down.”

McGregor has featured in all six of Celtic’s matches in all competitions so far this season, and has helped them to maintain an unbeaten start to their Scottish Premiership title defence.

The midfielder registered his first assist of the campaign in the 3-0 win over Motherwell at the weekend.

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