Callum McGregor explains why he couldn't leave Celtic despite Leicester City speculation

By David Walton

May 1, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has explained why he didn’t want to leave Parkhead in the summer despite being linked with a big-money EPL move.

The Hoops had to undergo a major rebuild a year ago as their 9-in-a-row winning team was ripped apart. The likes of Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard, and Ryan Christie all decided to depart and head south for pastures new.

McGregor, however, didn’t take any interest in doing similar. That’s despite the fact Brendan Rodgers was reportedly keen on taking him to the King Power Stadium [Scottish Sun].

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And Callum, who was appointed captain after the appointment of Ange Postecoglou, has explained why it was never in his mind to follow his former teammates to England.

As quoted by the Daily Record, the midfielder said: “No, not at all. We had a poor season but straight away, I was thinking: ‘We need to put this right’. That was my motivation. I love this club, I’ve committed my future here and I took it personally. If we win, I’m the happiest guy in the world and if we lose, I won’t speak for three days.

“There was never a point where I was going to take the easy option and leave. I wanted to come back and put the record straight. I wanted to show people that it was a one-off and that we could go again.

“Would it be the pinnacle of my career to lift the trophy as captain? Absolutely.”

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Callum McGregor about to reap the rewards for his Celtic loyalty

Back in September, Callum reinforced his commitment to Celtic by signing a new 5-year deal. If he stays for the full duration, that would take him to 32 years of age. There’s a real chance here that McGregor could become a one-club man at Parkhead.

The Lennoxtown academy product was always rewarded for his decision when he became Scott Brown’s official successor to the captaincy role. McGregor has led from the front and wowed Celtic supporters with his displays.

However, it could be about to get even better next season. If Callum helps lead Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title, he’ll most likely be back on the grand stage of the UEFA Champions League. That will undoubtedly be something that vindicates his decision further.

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Back when we were undergoing our rebuild, there were players we just couldn’t afford to let go of. The likes of Edouard, Ajer, and Christie may have been extremely valuable to the cause, but it was clear for a long time they were likely going to be leaving.

But when it came to McGregor, it felt as though losing him would be the biggest disaster of them all. He has never left it in any doubt as to where his loyalties lie and where he sees his long-term future. He’s backed that up with new contracts in the past too.

And now, as we stand so close to title success, it looks as though Callum is about to achieve exactly what it was that made him stay at Parkhead.

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