Neil Lennon has confirmed there was an ‘approach’ for Callum McGregor as the English transfer window drew to a close.
The Hoops boss said that, while enquiries were made, there was no bid for the player and insisted that the club wasn’t interested in selling any more of our “better players”.
Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to have been keen for the midfielder to join him at Leicester.
Lennon hinted that the player may have been a bit unsettled by the transfer talk, but is hoping he can now carry his superb form of the last few seasons into the new campaign.
Lennon said: “It’s well documented that there was interest in Callum. That’s over now and we will settle him down.
” It was just an approach, no bid.”
“He is playing as well as he has ever done and hopefully he will again have another fantastic season as he has done in the last couple.”
Lennon praised the work behind the scenes in the development of home-grown players, with the interest in McGregor and the record sale of Tierney testament to that success.
Along with Forrest and the emergence of Mikey Johnston, among others, Lennon said the club took pride in producing players who are making their mark at the club.
He said: “We have some good ones bubbling under. It’s not a conveyor belt where you can produce one, two, three a year.
“It’s a very difficult thing to do to produce a quality, long-term, first-team player but we’ve done that over the last 10-15 years very, very well compared to a lot of the other clubs.”