Ange Postecoglou singles out Celtic hero who is now playing at 'another level' under his watch

By John McGinley

October 1, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has insisted he will only consider resting Celtic captain Callum McGregor if there is a consistent drop off in his level of performance.

There is often a lot of chatter around the amount of games McGregor plays a season. In fact, he often racks up more minutes than all but of a handful of players across the world for club and country.

The Celtic boss reckons that the reason both he and Steve Clarke keep selecting him every match is that he is often so good.

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As quoted by The Daily Record, Postecoglou said: “If he plays 70 good games then I’ll have no problem with it. The reality, and why Steve Clarke and I keep selecting him, is his level of performances have been outstanding.

“He’s been doing it for a while and in the past year and a half he’s taken his game to another level. He’s shown real leadership in the role he’s taken, within our club and in the Scotland camp. You ask any manager in the world, it’s about performance, and if someone is performing you keep playing them. If there was ever an indication that Callum’s level of performance was dropping then he’d be the first to acknowledge it.

“If we need to bring him out, we will, but his performance level is testament to the way he prepares and looks after himself on and off the field. If he’s performing at his current level, whether it is myself or Steve, we will keep selecting him. Between now and the break we’ve got 13 games in 43 days. That’s why we’ve built a squad and tailored our training.

“We’ll be playing every three days or so, we are going to need the majority of the squad performing at a good level. The cancellation of the Livingston game was a big disappointment for us, it would have helped us get some game-time into the guys and it created a bit of a gap for us.”

The presence of players such as Oliver Abildgaard and Aaron Mooy means that McGregor may end up getting a game or two off during this period of 13 in 43 days, but expect him to feature in the vast majority of fixtures.

That includes today against Motherwell, even though the midfielder had a busier international break than anyone. The captain is almost certain to be included in this afternoon’s starting eleven to help set the tone for the performance needed to shake off the disappointment against St Mirren.

In other news, Brilliant summer work is now being felt at Celtic; four players declared fit for Motherwell.