Callum McGregor was convinced his Celtic career was over at 20; Chris McCart thought otherwise

By John Reid

November 20, 2020

The head of Celtic’s youth academy Chris McCart has disclosed that Hoops invincible Callum McGregor thought his time at the club was coming to an end at only 20-years-old, the Daily Record reports.

However, McCart always had faith in the player. He was trying to reach McGregor to organise a loan move to Notts County. However, the player wouldn’t pick up the phone.

“He thought that was the end”

“Callum McGregor was exceptional as a youth player but I remember when he was 20 he was ignoring my calls when we were looking to send him down to Notts County. He thought that was the end of his Celtic career but when it was really the beginning” McCart said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

That loan move was the making of McGregor. It gave him the confidence of playing first-team football. He has been a regular in the Celtic first-team since 2014. At 27-years-old, he has come a very long way since he thought his time with the Hoops was coming to an end.

If McGregor had indeed left Celtic he would have missed out on becoming an invincible, winning 11 consecutive domestic trophies, the list is endless.

McCart deserves credit for having faith in the player. When you look at the success that players brought through the ranks at Celtic Park have had over the years, it proves that McCart is doing a good job.

Youth set-up is working well

Look at the success of Kieran Tierney for example. Of course, everyone would have loved him to stay at Celtic. However, the Hoops managed to sell a player that cost nothing for £25m. That proves that the youth system is working.

Callum McGregor in action against Milan (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hopefully McGregor won’t be leaving Celtic any time soon. However, if he did, you imagine that it would be at least for a fee of £20m.

That will be another example of the youth set-up working. That wouldn’t have happened had McGregor’s Hoops career came to an end when he thought it was going to.

In other news, read Jackie McNamara’s preview of Celtic’s game against Hibernian.