McAvennie: McGregor is suffering from burnout & must be withdrawn from Celtic XI

Frank McAvennie has called for Celtic manager Neil Lennon to drop Callum McGregor from the starting eleven.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 27-year-old has “lost a wee bit of sharpness” and would benefit from a couple of games out of the side to recharge his batteries.

McGregor has been named in the starting eleven for all 40 of the Hoops’ fixtures this season – he is the only player in the squad to have started every game in all competitions.

Football Insider understands the midfielder is set to commit the rest of his career to Celtic and become the new club captain when Scott Brown steps down from his duties.

McAvennie heaped praise on McGregor but suggested Neil Lennon rest him ahead of the Euros.

“I would like Lenny to leave McGregor out,” he told Football Insider.

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This is not me having a go at McGregor because he has been outstanding for years but I think he could do with a rest. I think he could do with a game or two out of the side and then bring him back into the team recharged.

“He’s a big player, the captain in a lot of games but he has barely missed a game in years. I wanted to play all of the time but I am now on the outside looking in now. It would not do him any harm to miss a game or two.

“He has played every game for years, Scotland included. You want him ready for the Euros. He might just need an extra charge.

“It is not a reflection on how he is playing, I just think he has lost a wee bit of sharpness. That is not down to ability, it is just because he has played so many minutes. It’s understandable.” 

In other news, Celtic are set to make a fresh attempt to secure 25-year-old down to a new contract ahead of the summer window.