Celtic captain Callum McGregor explains why he doesn't copy Scott Brown's style

By David Walton

April 28, 2022

Callum McGregor has stated that he needs to do things his own way after being asked about his captaincy style in comparison to Scott Brown’s.

Broony left the Hoops at the end of last season to join Aberdeen as a player/coach under Stephen Glass. That move didn’t work out to perfection but even so, the former Celtic captain is still an icon of Scottish football for his achievements at Parkhead.

Scott won 22 winner’s medals at Celtic and was the club’s on-field leader for over a decade. Brown also had his own unique style as he got under rivals’ skin and never shirked a challenge as he used his aggression to instill fear into the opposition.

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McGregor, however, is looking to do things his own way as he explained why he hasn’t simply copied his old teammate.

As quoted by the Scotsman, Callum said: “Scott (Brown) was an outstanding captain for the club, really successful in terms of what he delivered for the club in trophies and in big matches as well. Big shoes to fill but I’ve got to make my own way.

“I can’t just copy Scott or try and emulate that. You understand that you learn from these guys and how they operate but you have to put your own spin on it, and my own personality and bring that to the job as well.

“It’s been a good season so far and the players have been first class as well. It’s just important that we try to finish the season strong, and get the league finished then we can look on it as a successful season.”

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We can’t exactly say what goes on behind the scenes at Lennoxtown that’s different between Callum and Scott. Both will have their own personalities when it comes to the training pitch. How they differ can only really be explained by those that have now played with both.

However, on the pitch, you can certainly see a change. Callum isn’t one to shirk his duties, but he won’t go around dishing out tough tackles to rile the team up. He doesn’t appear one to shout at teammates either. Instead, he always looks a touch more reserved in his emotions.

He leads through his own performance. He always comes across as having a calm manner to his play whilst also providing assuredness. Callum is always the first to congratulate those who have done something productive. Constantly directing his teammates, you can see the tactician in him too.

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But they’re most certainly different personalities on the pitch. Brown was fantastic at winding up the opposition in a perfectly legal manner. Callum doesn’t really get involved in that. Granted, that doesn’t mean he won’t act if he smells fear [Scottish Sun].

Outside of that, it’ll be down to other teammates to determine just how big of a difference the pair are. What they do share in common? Both are serial winners, with Callum looking like picking up 2 winner’s medals in his first season as captain.

Whatever his methods are, they’re working to perfection so far.

In other news, Ange will hopefully clarify Nir Bitton’s unknown Celtic injury issue before derby