An excited Ange Postecoglou reacts as Celtic make huge contract announcement

By John McGinley

September 24, 2021

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year deal at the club, it was announced this afternoon.

McGregor is an academy graduate from Lennoxtown and, save for a one-year loan at Notts County, has been a part of the furniture at Celtic.

Now wearing the armband, he’s committed his long-term future to the Bhoys until the summer of 2026.

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It’s a deal that ensures Celtic will benefit from his peak years, with the contract taking him to 33 years of age.

The player wants to stay at the Bhoys for as long as he can, telling the official website: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a proud moment again to extend my stay at the club.

“The club’s very close to my heart. I’ve been here for a number of years now, I’m happy here, I love my football and representing this club, and I want to stay here for as long as I can.

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“This is a new chapter and I’m desperate to see the five years out and if I’ve done that, then that means it’s been a pretty successful time again.

“That’s the new motivation for me personally, to make sure this club wins silverware and get it back to that successful place where we were two, three, four seasons ago.”

McGregor has already taken to life under Ange Postecoglou and the manager is obviously delighted to see this kind of commitment from his captain.

Postecoglou beamed after the club’s announcement, saying: “It’s brilliant news for the club. Obviously it was an important year for Cal stepping up to be the new captain and he’s already shown outstanding qualities.

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“He espouses the values that I’m after. He understands what we’re trying to build and, on and off the field, he’s not just talking about it, he’s living it and he’s showing the behaviour that I want leaders to show, and as I said, he’s just taken his first steps but I think that it’s exciting with what’s ahead.”

McGregor is currently out with a hamstring injury and won’t play on Sunday against Dundee United. However, he does have an outside chance of playing against Bayer Leverkusen next Thursday.

Regardless, we’re set for another season of excellent football for the captain, who sets the standards every player should aspire to.

Well done Celtic!

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