Callum McGregor's superb commitment to Celtic cause; wants to play "as many games as possible"
Celtic captain Callum McGregor has expressed his fantastic commitment to the cause today as he stated he wants to play “as many games as possible” despite the club’s current rotation policy.
Ange Postecoglou has been able to rotate his squad regularly in 2022 with so many of his injured stars returning to action combined with the new January arrivals.
McGregor, however, has been one of the constants. Whenever fit, he’s always been a part of Ange’s XI. Callum has made 35 appearances this term and been one of the most influential players of the Postecoglou era [Transfermarkt].
And after recovering a serious facial injury to get himself back in the thick of it once again, Callum stated that he has no plans to take rests in the coming weeks and months.
Speaking via Celtic TV, McGregor said when asked about whether Ange had spoken to him about rotating him: “No he’s not. We always have conversations anyway just in general – how you’re feeling, how things are going – so I’ve always said as long as I’m fit and healthy then I want to play as many games as possible.
“My first aim is always to help the team and how can I help the team. I give everything to do that whether that be on the pitch or off the pitch to try and look after my body to then give myself the best chance of playing.
“We’ve not had any conversations of that type. I’m sure as the season goes on he’ll manage it appropriately with my input as well. But for me, as much as I’m available, I want to play.”
No sign of Callum McGregor being dropped by Celtic boss anytime soon
Last season there was constant talk of having to ensure captain Scott Brown was fit and available for the big games. The idea being that we were maximising his performance levels for the fixtures that really mattered.
But that’s not an issue we have with Callum. The Scotland international, who’s been a tremendous captain for the club this season, is the kind of player who can play 3 games in a week and be ready to go again. At 28, we’re starting to see the midfielder in peak form.
And no wonder Ange won’t consider dropping him anytime soon either. Look at how much we lose when McGregor isn’t playing. He’s a calming influence in the middle of the park, always making himself available and finding space in between the defence and front-line. He’s an absolutely vital cog and can’t just be replaced so easily.
McGregor is the first name you would expect on the teamsheet when we face Aberdeen on Wednesday night too. Whilst other clubs need to try and protect their captains and give them periods of rest, that’s not something we need to worry about too much given Cal’s superb energy levels.
It’s only when he’s gone that his influence on this Celtic side is truly felt. There’s a reason he was rushed back for last week’s 3-0 mauling of Rangers.
It’s no surprise he’s ready to play as many games as possible from here on in either. That’s Callum’s attitude in a nutshell – consistently looking to play his part and lead from the front.