Celtic hero Callum McGregor has talked up the prospect of one day becoming captain of the club, despite previous speculation linking him with a move away this summer.
Vice-captain McGregor has started the season, typically, in ever-present form. He’s started every game this term under Neil Lennon, missing only 12 minutes out of the 810 on offer so far.
Back in February, meanwhile, the Scottish Sun reported that Leicester City were set to launch a £25million bid for the midfielder this summer. So far during this transfer window, however, there’s been no reports of any offer forthcoming.
And McGregor doesn’t appear to be eyeing the Parkhead exit door anytime soon either. Instead, he’s only focused on achieving the big prize at Celtic – the club captaincy role.
As quoted by the Daily Record, McGregor said: “It would be a hugely proud moment for myself to come right through the system and be captain.
“I was skipper at a few different age groups but you can’t compare it – football can be a bit crazy when you’re younger. Over the last few years I’ve grown in stature, in terms of my place in the team.
“We’re now at a point where people are talking about it maybe happening. That just shows how good a journey I’ve been on from breaking through and reaching this point.”
No thoughts on departing anytime soon
Whisper it quietly, but McGregor is slowly on his way to becoming a one-club man.
Yeah we’ve heard it all before with the likes of Kieran Tierney. We learned not to get too attached thanks to Brendan Rodgers too. But there does feel like there’s something different when it comes to McGregor.
Whenever he’s being linked with a move away from Glasgow, he’s always happy to come out and big up life at the club and how much he’s enjoying it. The fact he’s looking forward to replacing Scott Brown as the captain shows that he has no sights on the Premier League or anywhere else just yet.
McGregor will know that his chance to become captain wouldn’t happen until next season at the earliest. It’s all dependent on when Brown hangs up his boots. But if his goal is to be the club’s on-field leader, then McGregor is effectively ruling out a departure this summer, in January 2021, and next summer.
That’s brilliant from a Celtic perspective. At 27, McGregor is coming into his peak years, and we could do with those being spent at Parkhead as we look to break more records after hopefully securing the 10.
Things could always change when a concrete bid comes in of course. But you can’t help but feel there’s something different about McGregor than those mentioned previously. Here’s hoping that shines through when it comes to making a solid decision on his future.