Callum McGregor discusses his crucial unseen role at Celtic this season

By Lewis Laird

April 27, 2022

Callum McGregor has shown exactly why he deserves to be Celtic captain this season.

In the summer, the 28-year old midfielder replaced out-going Hoops legend Scott Brown, and many were left wondering how the Lennoxtown academy graduate would fair with the armband.

He has resoundingly passed the test as the replacement to Brown, with supporters praising his performances in the midfield this season.

Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images

It is easy to forget that with the Celtic captaincy comes a lot more responsibilities than leading the team onto the pitch – one of which is how any in-coming players are introduced to the squad.

With the rebuild that Celtic went through last summer, which saw 12 new signings introduced to the squad, McGregor had a hell of a job on his hands integrating everyone into the team.

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After a stuttering start, the Bhoys have since kicked on and are now within touching distance of bringing the Premiership title back to Parkhead.

Speaking about his newfound role as captain, McGregor discussed the responsibilities it has come with and the enjoyment of wearing the armband for Celtic.

“The role within the team, it needed something this year.” (Football Daily)

“There’s a lot of new players, a lot of young players coming into the club and my role and job within the team was probably trying to bed them in as quickly as possible – anchoring the midfield a lot more and letting those guys go and do their stuff at the top end of the pitch.

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“So, it’s been a little bit different, but I’ve enjoyed it as well, and the lads have been absolutely fantastic.”

McGregor thriving in leadership role

The midfielder has simply been outstanding this season, and that is why he was announced as one of the nominees for the PFA player of the year award this afternoon.

Despite having plenty of doubters, McGregor has shown everyone in Scottish Football exactly why he was right for the role.

In the way he communicates with his teammates and leading by example on the ball, McGregor has been the perfect replacement for Scott Brown this season.

Hopefully, we continue to see McGregor’s leadership skills develop into even better things at Celtic. He will once again have a key role to play in how players arriving in the summer settle with the club this year.

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