Ange Postecoglou's quality tribute to Callum McGregor and his family after more Celtic success

By Giuseppe Labellarte

March 1, 2023

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has paid tribute to Callum McGregor after the Hoops captain continued his flawless cup final record on Sunday.

The 29-year-old helped the Bhoys retain the Scottish League Cup trophy with a 2-1 win over Rangers at Hampden Park.

In doing so, McGregor extended his winning record in senior cup finals to 11 out of 11.

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The Celtic midfield has won seven league titles, four Scottish Cups and seven League Cups in green and white.

Sunday’s triumph at Hampden also saw McGregor lift his third trophy as captain.

Postecoglou, speaking to the official Celtic website on Tuesday, couldn’t sing his skipper’s praises highly enough.

“It’s a credit to him and his family,” said the Hoops boss.

“When you’re part of a winning team it gives you confidence and belief that you can go there again and do it again and to do it as a leader adds a different dimension.

“You can see with Callum he’s still very measured with the way he embraces what comes his way.

“He understands his role is to be the leader of a collective effort and to never get too far ahead of himself, or the group get too far ahead of themselves.

“That’s the most pleasing thing for me that I know he will come back in here and train like he has something to prove.

“And that’s the hallmark for me as an outstanding leader.”

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Obvious choice

One of Postecoglou’s first big decisions as Celtic boss was deciding who should get the armband after Scott Brown’s Parkhead exit.

McGregor was very much the obvious choice for the captaincy, and he’s repaid the manager’s faith with two cups and a title in 18 months.

The Scotland international now has 17 trophies to his name, just five short of Brown’s total in green and white.

Celtic could yet complete the treble this season, so McGregor could edge to within three of the iconic captain’s tally.

Up next is Sunday’s Premiership trip to St Mirren, followed by a double-header with Hearts in the league and Scottish Cup.

Celtic will then host Hibernian in the league on 18 March before the international break brings domestic action to a halt.