Paul Robinson has tipped Callum McGregor to snub Premier League interest in favour of staying at Celtic on the condition he is handed the armband.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one suspects the 27-year-old wants to emulate the success of departing captain Scott Brown.

The Sun claim former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers wants McGregor to join him at Leicester City this summer.

The centre-midfielder, who has missed just one cup game in the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign to date, has just over three years remaining on his contract at Parkhead.

McGregor is in line to become Celtic’s captain at the end of the season after Scott Brown agreed a two-year player/coach deal with Aberdeen.

When asked by Football Insider if the promise of becoming captain would be enough to keep McGregor at the club, Robinson said:

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“I think if he gets given the captaincy on a permanent basis he will stay. Scott Brown leaving could be a positive in that sense.

“He may want to follow in the footsteps of Brown and become the next long-term captain of the club.

“I am still bemused as to why Celtic have allowed Brown to go to Aberdeen for the sake of another year.

“There is going to be a huge transition at Celtic. Brown has already left and if Edouard and McGregor left as well the job is getting bigger before it has even started.”  

In other news, Celtic have lined up an alternative to Eddie Howe in case he rejects their offer .