Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou explains wish to extend Callum McGregor contract

By Euan Davidson

September 18, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has expressed a wish to offer Callum McGregor a new contract.

The Greek-Aussie boss identified wrapping up new deals as a priority with the transfer window closed. McGregor, named captain in the summer, last signed a new deal in 2019 [Sky Sports]. Having inked a five year contract, his time with the club would run out in 2024.

However, Postecoglou, outlining his own long-term commitment has said that he wants McGregor around for an even more sustained spell at the club.

McGregor came through the Celtic Academy. Barring a spell on loan at Notts County in 13-14, he’s been a mainstay at the club through youth and first-team levels.

Postecoglou said of extending McGregor’s deal [Daily Record]:

“We’ll start addressing those sorts of things now we’ve got through the window.

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“We’ll work on the players whose contracts are current and see what we need to do there.

“I’ve no doubt Cal’s going to be a pivotal figure in this football club for the next few years.

“The club will respect his position.”

Celtic boss Postecoglou values Callum McGregor, and it’s no wonder why a new contract is on cards

Callum McGregor is the definition of a mainstay.

Since breaking through in 14-15 under Ronny Deila, McGregor has made an incredible 337 appearances for Celtic. In that time, he’s scored 33 and laid on 43 goals [Transfermarkt].

In recent years, his iron man status has become somewhat legendary. Alongside Scott Brown, McGregor has racked up eye-watering numbers of minutes for Celtic. Last season, he played over 200 minutes more than anyone else in the squad [WhoScored?].

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As if his importance wasn’t already obvious, it’s elevated under Postecoglou. Not only is he captain, he’s the fulcrum of what the manager wants his team to do. With his energy, unerring passing and leadership, McGregor has become the perfect box-to-box midfield general.

No wonder, then, he wants to extend his contract. And with McGregor’s deal not up for another 3 years, this shows foresight and planning.

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