Celtic are looking to tie down Callum McGregor on a lucrative new deal after issuing a hands-off warning to Leicester in the summer.
Neil Lennon said it was the “right thing” to do after former boss Brendan Rodgers was sniffing around in the summer.
Lennon said: “There was interest in him, there was no question about that. That doesn’t surprise us,” reports the Herald.
The midfielder is looking back to his best after Lennon hinted that the prospect of a big money move might have unsettled him.
With Kieran Tierney moving to Arsenal, Celtic weren’t prepared to let another home-grown star leave and Lennon feels the club are no obliged to deal him in.
He said: “We held on to him and it’s important we do the right thing. The principled thing is to give him a new deal, as he deserves it.
“We are talking at the moment and it’s one we are hoping to get finalised.”
McGregor has proven to be almost undroppable in the last couple of season, but Lennon hinted that changes may be made for today’s trip to Livingston.
He said: “People are saying he needs a rest, but he’s too good a player to rest.
“But we have to strike a balance, because there’s no question there was fatigue kicking in last year due to the volume of games he played.”