Callum McGregor's ridiculous Hampden feat as captain makes late-night visit to Celtic trophy case

By John McGinley

February 27, 2023

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has been involved in an incredible 15 cup finals at Hampden as a player across his youth and senior careers with the Bhoys, but most remarkable is the fact he has yet to be beaten in a single one.

Stretching from a Scottish Youth Cup final win against Rangers in 2010 to yesterday’s thrilling Scottish League Cup victory, McGregor has picked up winners’ medals in all 15 of the finals he’s been in the squad for.

Sunday’s victory was just as sweet as all the rest. After departing Hampden, McGregor took a trip with the rest of the squad to Celtic Park. And the captain popped the gleaming silverware back into the trophy cabinet where it belongs, as shared by the club on social media.

McGregor is far from finished at Celtic

Sunday’s trophy was the 18th major honour of the Bhoys midfielder’s career since breaking into Ronny Deila’s first team all those years ago.

He typifies the winning spirit of this squad, relentlessly leading by example on the pitch, the training ground and in the media.

Speaking after the match, McGregor sensed that yesterday was an important step for his teammates, telling The Scotsman: “It was excellent for us to really turn up in a showpiece game and play like we did. That was maybe the next stage of our development. Come here and really take the game to them.

“For an hour we were outstanding. I don’t think they won the ball back once in the press. That tells you how good we were and we could maybe have been up two or three at half time if we were a bit more clinical.

“We’ll get back to work and keep driving it home until someone tells us to stop.”

It surely won’t be too long for McGregor until final number 16 comes around with this mentality.

And given his history and ability to perform on the big occasion, you wouldn’t bet against him continuing an unprecedented streak of final success at Hampden.

What a captain!

In other rnews, Watch: Celtic share superb footage of Hampden dressing room celebrations.