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Magpies given hope on McGregor

Notts County's hopes of keeping Callum McGregor have received some encouragement from Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

The Magpies retain a strong interest in the Hoops midfielder, whose loan deal expired last week.

McGregor was in the stands to watch the 2-1 home win against Sheffield United at the weekend and even trained with the rest of the squad ahead of that victory.

The 20-year-old's performances for Notts have attracted the interest of other clubs but Lennon appears open to the idea of an extended stay with Shaun Derry's side.

"We are quite happy with the situation there and the reports coming back are very positive" said Lennon.

The Magpies' League One rivals Wolves were on Monday linked with a 750,000 swoop for McGregor.

Wanderers' interest in the Scotland Under-21 international was later backed up by the player's representative Kenny Moyes, although Moyes went on to say that 'no firm offer' had been made.

However, Celtic are not looking to sell.

When asked about the possibility of a permanent deal, Lennon said: "Not at the minute.

"The reason we put him out on loan is to get him first-team experience. What he has done is set the bar for the rest of the young players who we want to maybe go out on loan.

"As I said, the reports coming back are very positive.

"He has been linked with Wolves - he has been linked with plenty of clubs. But he is our player and ideally we would like to bring him back in the summer and see how he has progressed."

McGregor is the Magpies' leading scorer this season, netting 12 goals in 27 appearances since joining the club in August.