Callum McGregor absolutely loving his new Celtic role under Ange Postecoglou

By David Walton

March 9, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has admitted that he’s loving his “brilliant” new midfield role handed to him by Ange Postecoglou.

McGregor, who operated largely as a number 8 last season, has reverted to a deeper role and generally plays as a 6. This has meant that the likes of Tom Rogic, David Turnbull, and Reo Hatate have been given the licence to burst forward more with Callum looking to break play up and start attacks.

It’s a different role but one that needed to be filled after the departure of Scott Brown in the summer. And it’s fair to say he’s been carrying out his new job effectively and efficiently, providing the defence with an energetic layer of protection.

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And speaking about it on Celtic TV today, McGregor is clearly loving his new responsibilities under Ange:

“It’s been good. It’s a different role, different role within the team and the squad as well. It’s just getting used to that – how to deal with the players and things like that. But it’s been brilliant, it’s something that I really enjoyed – learning on the job all the time. The players have been first-class with the way they’ve applied themselves all season and that makes my job easy as well.

“Just on the positional aspect, I’m playing a little bit deeper and getting a lot of the ball. I’m starting a lot of the attacks as well which is good. So it’s something that I’ve really enjoyed as well. It’s a big period coming up so everyone just has to stay on it 100% and at the end of the season hopefully we’ve achieved what we wanted to do.”

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McGregor’s enjoyment shows in his performance levels. He’s even more tenacious as he was last season and has become a more aggressive player when it comes to the defensive side of things.

Celtic fans already had a huge amount of respect and love for him last year. But there’s no denying his performances took a massive dip under Neil Lennon in 2020/21. This term, however, he’s been like a man possessed with limitless energy in the middle of the park.

He was the difference-maker in the recent Glasgow derby against Rangers at Celtic Park. And in addition to that, he’s managed to perform at a superb level ever since then as he’s refused to allow a double cheekbone fracture to get in the way of the title run-in.

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We’re now at the stage where he has nothing more to prove. That wasn’t the same in the summer when he took over from Scott Brown both in terms of the captaincy role and positionally. But he’s adapted to his new responsibilities insanely well, and the love he has from the Celtic support is evidence of that.

Of course, question marks are still going to be asked of him heading into the final few weeks of the season. This is the first time he’s been involved in a title run-in as a captain. It’ll be his duty to lead this group and ensure we manage to keep our heads in the coming weeks.

But there’s nothing to suggest either with McGregor’s attitude or his performance levels that a major dip is coming. Massive credit to him.

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