Vital Celtic star Callum McGregor has been touching on being ready to come back next season as he sounds firmly focused on the job at hand in Glasgow.
Neil Lennon has previously spoken about his wantaway players this season. He confirmed after Jeremie Frimpong’s departure that even more individuals wanted out of the club [Scottish Sun]. Since then, Hatem Elhamed and Olivier Ntcham have followed him out the exit door.
The manager has also stated that Edouard was disappointed not to leave in the summer [Scottish Sun]. But it appears that McGregor almost certainly isn’t one of those very same wantaways.
He’s been talking up doing the club proud and, most importantly, coming back next season to “go again”. Speaking in comments published by BT Sport, CalMac said: “Obviously the club have put the statement out and it reads very fairly in terms of this season as a whole. It has been disappointing, obviously we hoped for more. It’s just not been the case.
“Us as players, staff, we have to refocus and get to a better place again. That’s our job in the football department, to get better and finish the season on a positive and we attack next season in the same vein that we want to do well.”
Callum McGregor not focused on summer Celtic exit
Take it for what you will, but it sounds like McGregor is fully focused on trying to do the club proud next season. In truth, he’s been one of the ones who can be satisfied with his own fight and commitment this year.
Even if his performances have been inconsistent, Callum has been front and centre to face the criticism. He’s carried out media duties constantly over the last few months. He’s been one of the first out after disappointing results to face the music, defending the rest of his team-mates from the cameras.
Even just minutes after losing to St Mirren at Celtic Park just a couple of weeks ago, McGregor was on Celtic TV slamming the performance. He offered no excuses and stated the team isn’t learning.
On the pitch, meanwhile, McGregor is constantly trying to drive the team forward. Every Celtic goal is met with sheer elation from the vice-captain, who’s often been promoted to captain in the absence of Scott Brown this season. He’s the first over to congratulate any goalscorer and the first to get his team refocused after the celebrations.
McGregor has matured so much and had to deal with a lot of nonsense this season. Granted, he’ll feel in certain matches his own display hasn’t been up to par. But he’ll be happy to admit to that himself and has done in the past. Even so, whenever there’s a poor result, McGregor is the first one out to front the media. He’s doing more than his fair share of media duties this term.
And the fact he’s touching on next season suggests he’s one individual Lennon can indeed count on to be back in pre-season. Regardless of any media speculation.