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McGregor Issues Hands Off Warning As Celtic Stopper Is Linked With Spain Switch

McGregor Issues Hands Off Warning As Celtic Stopper Is Linked With Spain Switch

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor thinks the club should do all they can to keep hold of Jozo Simunovic this summer.

The Croatian has risen back to prominence under interim boss Neil Lennon after long spells out of the team during Brendan Rodgers’ final season in charge.

Simunovic’s form has piqued the interest of La Liga outfit Alaves who are said to be prepared to offer £4m for the centre-half but McGregor thinks the 24-year-old should stay put:

“Jozo has been brilliant since the manager changed. He’s come up with big goals and looks a real top player again.”

“He always had that in the locker but the last few months he’s brought that to the table again and I’m not surprised clubs are looking.”

“But obviously we want our top players here to give us a chance to rebuild with the numbers we need. It’s important we keep the big players.”

Jozo Simunovic

The impending departures of Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata mean the Hoops will be severely lacking in centre-backs as it is, even with Simunovic remaining at the club.

Kristoffer Ajer and Jack Hendry are the only other players who can play in the centre of defence so, unless the club are planning to invest heavily in centre-halves this summer, it seems likely that they’ll want to keep Simunovic

Since joining from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015, the former Croatian Under 21 international has made 109 appearances for the Scottish club.