ANDY Lynch has questioned whether Callum McGregor has the necessary leadership qualities to replace Scott Brown as Celtic skipper – and predicted the Scotland internationalist could leave Parkhead this summer anyway.

McGregor, who was ordered off in the first-half of the Premiership match against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday after picking up two bookings in the space of three minutes, is currently the vice-captain.

He has deputised for Brown when his team mate has not been in the starting line-up and is widely expected to don the armband permanently after the 35-year-old moves on to Aberdeen in the summer.

But Lynch, who had a spell as skipper at Celtic during the 1970s, doesn’t feel the midfielder is suited to the role and suspects he could be lured down south, where his former manager Brendan Rodgers is in charge of Leicester City, after the Euro 2020 finals.  

“I don’t know the guy personally,” he said. “I’m not listening to him talking in the dressing room before the game and at half-time. So it is hard to give an opinion on what he would be like as captain.

“But he doesn’t strike me as being a leader on the park, as being a captain type. And I can’t see who else they make captain. I think they might struggle to find someone. It depends who is there.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if McGregor left this summer. And I think Leicester City is the No.1 destination for him. Brendan Rodgers has talked about what a great player Callum is on many occasions and I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved for him. Leicester have got money.

“It will be interesting to see who actually stays at Celtic and who is given new contracts. Holding on to players becomes more difficult the longer there isn’t a manager in place.”