Ange Postecoglou left wowed with what Callum McGregor has been doing after injury recovery
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has admitted that he’s been left absolutely blown away by the courage shown by Callum McGregor after recovering from a double cheekbone fracture.
The Hoops captain has had to wear a face mask in order to feature for Celtic stretching back to February. This came after he rushed himself back to face Rangers when he could’ve sat out through injury.
McGregor has gone on a relentless run since then. Despite the fact he’s not yet 100% healed, he’s started every single league game since being available for the Glasgow derby last month.
And Postecoglou has been left in sheer awe of the intensity levels and the quality of performances he’s been putting in since returning to the fold. As quoted by the Daily Record, Ange said: “There is no doubt Callum has been a real leader for this team. It’s not just about being a leader, you also have to play your part in the team. You saw him last midweek against St Mirren when he scored a really important goal for us.
“Callum’s football has been outstanding and that is where it starts. If you are not contributing on the field, all the other stuff doesn’t really come into the same context. But he’s led from the front and he’s played fantastic football for us. He contributes in every game for us.
“People forget this is his first year as a leader, as captain of this football club. People know the responsibility that goes with that. It’s not an easy role. This is his first crack at steering a team through this part of the year and I am sure he will learn a lot about himself and the way he leads.”
Callum McGregor Celtic influence shouldn’t go unnoticed
It’s so easy to just take what McGregor does for granted. But his commitment to the Celtic cause shouldn’t go unnoticed.
He was lauded for his return against Rangers given the successful nature of it and the fact he bossed the midfield. It was a fantastic occasion, but there were question marks over what was to happen next.
Was it time for him to go back on leave in order to fully mend his cheekbones? Absolutely not. McGregor came storming back at Fir Park a few days later and produced another dominant display. His intentions were clear – his injury, picked up at Alloa several weeks beforehand, wasn’t going to stand in the way of our title pursuit.
And here we are, over a month down the line and McGregor is still one of our standout performers. Even if he missed a penalty at Livingston on Sunday, he’s been absolutely bossing it in massive games for us. Let’s not forget we’ve been up against it at the toughest venues in Scotland since his return.
So it’s great to see Ange come out and acknowledge how good a job Callum has been doing in recent weeks. It’s fully merited, especially given he’s been operating through a face-mask.
If anyone deserves to be celebrating trophy success this summer, it’s McGregor. Here’s hoping we can see the job through.