Callum McGregor picks the moment Celtic started to click under Ange Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

March 31, 2022

Celtic captain Callum McGregor says he could tell early on that Ange Postecoglou had the right ideas for the club.

After a confusing 20-21 season, with swift formation changes and a seeming lack of tactical identity, McGregor embraced the challenge of adapting to Postecoglou’s ideology. Within a new structure, McGregor would play deeper, being relied upon to set the overall tone for Celtic.

It’s worked; McGregor has been fantastic. As a number 6, McGregor is winning the ball with ease, and his high position is helping Celtic to camp deep within the opposition half. Now, the Hoops skipper has identified the point when he realised Ange’s ideas would work.

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It was, unsurprisingly, a 6-0 thrashing of Dundee [BBC], which included a Kyogo hat-trick, and a Ryan Christie passing master-class.

McGregor said [Times]: “You could see it in him straight away that he was desperate to do well and he had the credentials to do well.

“When you get your recruitment spot on as well then that helps, because you’ve then got good players that can come in and play that style of football.

“From pretty early on in the season – maybe the Dundee game at home where we scored six and played pretty well that day – you could start to see the cogs coming together.

“All the way through, even when we had little dips, you could still see that the structure was there and you could still see the idea was there. It’s been pretty positive right from day one.”

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Callum McGregor buying into Ange Postecoglou and his methods has been vital for Celtic

This maybe sounds a touch dramatic, but bear with me.

If Callum McGregor doesn’t completely invest in what Ange Postecoglou wants early on in his Celtic managerial tenure, does this team work?

Honestly, I don’t think so. The captain must surely be in Player of the Year conversations for the way he’s adapted and thrived under Ange Postecoglou. His improvement, on a personal level, has been immense.

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He’s also stepped up big-time as a leader for Celtic though, since Ange Postecoglou gave him the armband. It follows then, that if McGregor wasn’t picking up what Ange was putting down, it’d be hard to influence a changing room in earnest as McGregor has.

Thankfully, that’s not a situation we have to consider. McGregor is playing arguably his best football under Postecoglou, leading Celtic with verve, style and unquestionable commitment.

A 6-0 win, mind, should fill any player with confidence. What it meant in the longer-term, though, has clearly been hugely impactful.

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