Callum McGregor

Bournemouth Opinion: Why the Cherries should sign Callum McGregor?

According to a report from the Scottish Sun, Bournemouth were interested in bringing Celtic star Callum McGregor to the Vitality Stadium in January. But in the end, no concrete offer was made by the Cherries and Callum McGregor stayed with Celtic as expected.

The Scotsman, 25, came through the Hoops’ youth ranks before spending the 2013-14 season on loan at Notts County. He played a crucial role in helping Celtic win the double treble last season under former manager Brendan Rodgers, who left Parkhead earlier this month for Leicester City.

Eddie Howe

McGregor has proven to be an indispensable figure for Celtic again this season, managing 49 appearances thus far. He has also starred for the national team, although the 25-year-old was part of a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Kazakhstan in their first UEFA Euro Qualifier on Thursday.

Considering the Scottish midfielder’s form since the past 18 months or so, Bournemouth should reignite their interest and sign him this summer.

The Cherries showed enough promise at the beginning of the season but their form has faded drastically of late. Injuries to key players and loss of form has hampered the Sea Coast side’s season, leaving Eddie Howe’s men 12th in the table. With seven games left for Bournemouth, Howe should strive hard to beat Wolves for the seventh place and bag a ticket in Europe.

Over the summer, the Bournemouth manager should address few areas of his squad. The midfield is an area the Cherries need through reinforcing, despite Jefferson Lerma and David Brooks’ impressive debut seasons at the Vitality Stadium. Yet, the club needs another solid midfielder and Callum McGregor will be a fantastic fit.

Callum McGregor

McGregor’s versatility of playing in central midfield, as a no.10 and at left-back will give Howe a wide range of options and his efficiency in any role will make him an invaluable asset for the team. He is a very shrewd operator of the ball, linking play between the midfield and the attack with his brilliant range of passing.

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The Scotland international has the ability to take on a number of opposition players with his burst of acceleration and he is a good dribbler as well. Possessing a sweet left foot, McGregor can hit the ball from distance really well and that coupled with his energy, work-rate and defensive diligence make him such an important for both Celtic and Scotland.


The acquisition of McGregor will undoubtedly bolster Bournemouth’s midfield options as Howe looks to build his team for the future. So the addition of the Scotsman will only help the Cherries take another step towards long-term success under Howe.

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