CALLUM McGREGOR insists his team-mates can deal with transfer speculation and keep their focus on Celtic.

The champions have been involved in their usual unwanted sales talk concerning their top stars this summer.

Croatian international Josip Juranovic has already been linked with English big-hitters Chelsea and Manchester United while Spanish giants Atletico Madrid were also credited with an interest in the defender who cost a bargain £2.5million when he arrived from Legia Warsaw last summer.

A BIG HAND…Callum McGregor applauds the Celtic fans after the rampant five-goal win at Kilmarnock.

There have been other reports bubbling away and they will continue right up until the new extended deadline on midnight September 1.

Skipper McGregor is convinced Ange Postecoglou will hold onto the club’s star performers for the assault on the home and European front in a dramatic campaign ahead with the Champions League group stages draw scheduled for a week today.

The Scotland international anchorman, now in his eleventh years at Celtic, endorsed: “It’s a good place to be.

“There’s a lot of players who have just came in to the club and they are just at the start of their journeys here in terms of what they want to achieve.

“We’ve got the Champions League, defending the league title – it’s an exciting time. I wouldn’t imagine anyone would be wanting to go anywhere too quickly.”

PRIZE GUYS…Matt O’Riley congratulates Mortiz Jenz on his goal at Rugby Park with Filipe Jota, Kyogo Furuhashi and Cameron Carter-Vickers (half-hidden) joining in the joy.

Twenty-nine-year-old McGregor is adamant no heads have been turned with the lure of even more lucrative contracts elsewhere and, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “It’s been fine.

“When the team is doing well there’s bound to be speculation. We’ve all been in football long enough to know it’s just speculation until something concrete happens.

“Then you deal with it when it comes.

“We’ve got a really good environment here in the training ground and on the pitch. Everyone is super close and we’re all working hard together.

“Everyone is in good spirits and focused on the football we are playing. Until something concrete happens it’s not unsettling in the slightest.

“We’re just getting on with it.”

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