Callum McGregor's commitment to Celtic shouldn't be underrated
Celtic supporters are celebrating the news that Callum McGregor has committed his future to the club for five years.
The 28-year-old’s latest deal potentially keeps him at Celtic Park until 2026, a two-year extension on his last contract signing.
The Celtic captain’s best years will now be spent in Glasgow. I don’t think that should be underrated.
McGregor has watched players come and go at Celtic over the years. From academy talents such as Kieran Tierney to foreign players such as Moussa Dembele and Virgil van Dijk, big players have used the Bhoys as a stepping stone to play in a more illustrious league.
For me, McGregor has talent like that. I don’t think he’d look out of place in the English Premier League, especially when you look at the performances of Scotland teammates like Stuart Armstrong and John McGinn.
Yet, McGregor’s different from his peers. His only ambition is to be a Celtic legend. He’s well on the way to doing that already.
Having already been part of incredible success and performed at a high level, you could argue he already is one. However, longevity and further success will ensure it.
McGregor could well end up being one of the rare “one-club men” we’ve seen a Celtic in recent decades, save for a loan spell at Notts County in his younger years. And today’s announcement could be a crucial step towards that.
So congratulations to McGregor. And well done to Celtic for absolutely delighting supporters today with the surprise announcement.
These fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on it all…
This is some very good news. https://t.co/uaEzYCvuSa— Celtschmerz (@BJH80) September 24, 2021
Unreal scenes https://t.co/cCYbSHdpUq— Seán Markus Clifford (@seanmarkus_67) September 24, 2021
Fantastic player who has looked like he is slowly getting back to his best after a disappointing 18 months like the rest of the team! Glad he has been tied down but after he was made captain I fully expected him to finish his career with us! 🍀 https://t.co/wJhPX1xmKd— Kieren Laverty (@KierenLaverty) September 24, 2021
Great news, the best midfielder in Scotland by a considerable distance, when played in his correct position. https://t.co/O0sCqoGsVN— Doc 🇵🇸 (@docsa2021) September 24, 2021
I’m so happy. Now build a team fitting of this guy. He deserves league titles— Football1967 (@Football19671) September 24, 2021
Brilliant great news— John Kyogo (@jald19) September 24, 2021
Best player in Scotland🍀 Well played Celtic👏— Paul Fenner (@wansanshu67) September 24, 2021
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