Callum McGregor addresses new Head of Sports Science at Celtic

By David Walton

October 26, 2021

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has given his thoughts on the early work done by the club’s new head of sports science Anton McElhone.

McElhone was appointed by the club back in late September after an injury crisis rippled its way through Parkhead. It had a major effect on results and performance levels, with Ange Postecoglou needing to battle his way through some early criticism.

McElhone’s appointment has coincided with a return to action of several key figures and no fresh injury problems as we look ahead to a hectic winter schedule.

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And reacting to the early signs after his arrival, McGregor has admitted to being impressed with what McElhone has added to the group.

Answering a question from The Sellick, The Thunder at today’s fan media conference, McGregor said: “It was a position that we were looking for throughout the summer in terms of trying to recruit the best type of people that we could get in the building with good knowledge. Anton’s certainly got that.

“He’s been at Spurs, worked in America as well, and he’s come in and been a great personality. He’s just helping the good work that’s been done as well. There are a lot of good guys in the building that are desperate to do well and get the boys fit and hungry on the pitch.

“Anton’s certainly come in and helped on top of that with the ideas that he’s brought from Tottenham and America.”

Anton McElhone’s influence at Celtic is already being felt

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Anton McElhone making his impact felt at Celtic already

McElhone is clearly making the right impression. Having the acceptance of the club captain is always a good start. And it’s clear that he’s carrying out work that’s impressing many at Celtic Park.

Earlier this month, Postecoglou labelled the appointment “fantastic” [Daily Record]. And you can’t undermine the importance of a solid sports science department at a football club.

There’s a reason it’s one of the most key areas of the modern football setup. Their importance in improving sporting performance through physiology and psychology is essential. It’s something we could definitely use given our injury woes last season.

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Many would argue that one of the key issues last term was the fitness levels of the players. That they weren’t in peak condition for arguably our most important campaign since 97/98.

McElhone’s arrival will hopefully ensure we aren’t asking similar questions this term. The manager and the captain seem to be on board with it regardless.

But like everyone at the club, how the campaign develops will be key when it comes to their performance review.

In other news, Celtic captain McGregor picks Aberdeen as pivotal moment under Ange