McAvennie can't believe what people are saying about McGregor after Celtic latest
Frank McAvennie insists any comparisons between Callum McGregor and legendary Celtic skipper Paul McStay are premature.
The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the Hoops midfielder.
On 24 September, Celtic announced McGregor has signed a new five-year deal with the club.
McGregor was named as the club’s captain following the arrival of Ange Postecoglou in the summer.
He played every minute under his new boss until picking up an injury earlier this month.
McStay captained the Hoops from 1990 until 1997 and made 678 appearances for the club during his career.
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McAvennie insists any comparisons are premature despite McGregor’s obvious quality.
“He’s a damn good player, McGregor,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He’s the one player at Celtic who I thought could have moved to the Premier League in the summer.
“I heard some rumours yesterday, people are saying he’s the new Paul McStay.
“When I heard that I thought, ‘shut up’. Callum is Callum and McStay, for me, was world-class.
“McGregor isn’t there yet. He’s a very important part of that team but the only similarity there is they are both quiet players.
“Sorry Callum, maybe I’m a bit biased but you aren’t on that level yet.”
McGregor has played 377 times for Celtic during his career and has scored 54 goals.
His only time away from the club was during the 2013-14 season when he was sent on loan to Notts County in League One.