Celtic captain Callum McGregor on the 'first class' standards Ange Postecoglou has brought to Lennoxtown

By Lewis Laird

May 4, 2022

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has explained the demands put on the Hoops squad by Ange Postecoglou since his arrival last summer.

The 28-year old was made captain of the side last year and has been thriving with his new responsibilities, earning three separate player of the year awards in the last week.

It has been clear to see that the academy graduate also enjoys a close relationship with the Celtic manager, which was kickstarted last summer.

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Speaking recently to the PFA, McGregor explained the impact and demand that the 56-year old has had around the club since joining from Yokohama F Marinos.

The midfielder also touched on the identity that Ange wanted to bring to the club, which has been worked on for several months bringing this Celtic side to where they are now.

He said, “He’s been first class (to work with).

“He came in with an identity that he wanted the team to play with; he’s never wavered from that, and he has always been demanding of the players every single day when they come in.

“They give everything for the team and for the cause, and I think you can see that in the performances from the group. They are a really positive group, and hopefully, we have put ourselves in a good position where we can finish it off and have a successful season.”

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McGregor is the perfect example of Postecoglou’s work at Celtic.

McGregor has always been a sought after member of the squad due to his performances. But this season, it feels as though the Scotland international has taken things to a new level.

After such a frustrating campaign last season, McGregor has returned to his top level of performance and became a leader within the club, replacing Scott Brown as captain.

He may have had his doubters at the beginning of the season, but the former Lennoxtown academy graduate has shown exactly why he was the ideal replacement for Brown.

Postecoglou clearly trusts the midfielder to display his message and identity of football on the pitch, which he has done brilliantly this season.

The ambition of both Postecoglou and McGregor will be to take this Celtic side to the next level in European competition. Hopefully, we are able to see that next season.

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