Celtic captain Callum McGregor lays out leadership manifesto

By Euan Davidson

August 20, 2021

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has spoken candidly about how he plans to lead the Bhoys.

McGregor, after some speculation and debate, was inevitably handed the armband by manager Ange Postecoglou. Following a summer in which he shone for Scotland at Euro 2020, McGregor has shown terrific form.

The armband doesn’t seem to weigh heavy on him whatsoever. In a number 6 role, he’s been at the heart of what Celtic are doing. Both defensively and in attack, the Scotland international has been a lead-by-example type, but has also impressed with his spirited demeanour.

Speaking to the Celtic View, relaunched after some time away, the Hoops skipper laid out exactly what he wants to do as Celtic captain.

He said [Celtic FC]:

“Obviously when you have the tag attached to it, it becomes more of a statement of responsibility and you have to take on that role and responsibility.

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“I just try to keep leading in the way that I have done alongside Scott before, and now I will be the man to take those responsibilities. It’s another challenge for me as well, the next stage in my development as a person and as a player, so it’s something I am looking forward to.

“It’s just about me trying to put my own spin on things. I’ve got enough experience now. I’ve played at tournaments internationally, I’ve played at a high level in European terms for the past seven or eight years now, so I’ve got enough experience within myself.

“I know what’s right and what’s wrong, so it’s about me trying to help our younger players to have the same pathway that I’ve had.”

Celtic captain Callum McGregor has shone since being handed armband by Postecoglou

McGregor had plenty of critics last season, but mostly because of his own sky-high standards.

Probably the most consistent Celtic player of the last decade, alongside Scott Brown, McGregor played over 4,000 minutes of football in 20-21. That’s going to effect anyone’s performance, unless you happen to be a footballer with an extra lung or two.

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McGregor has no problems being relied upon, of course. In the absence of Scott Brown in spells last season, he took on the captaincy with remarkable poise.

Now the leading man, he’s determined to leave a legacy, and help the players coming through the Academy. When he says it’s about his development as both a player and a person, it’s obvious how seriously he’s taking the responsibility.

The captaincy couldn’t be in better hands. Now it’s up to McGregor to live up to his own words, and be the leader he aspires to be. On and off the pitch.

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