Celtic captain McGregor hails boss' vision and outlook after signing new deal

By Euan Davidson

September 25, 2021

Celtic captain Callum McGregor delighted fans, and his manager, when he signed a bumper new deal yesterday.

Devoting his peak years to Celtic, the midfielder has signed on until 2026. And since then, he’s been talking at length about the key drivers behind that decision.

Yesterday, he told 67 Hail Hail about his conversations with the board, and his Champions League aspirations. In another interview, he expanded on his relationship with new boss Ange Postecoglou, who has been a massive influence on McGregor’s choice to commit his future to the club.

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Describing their chemistry and shared ambition, McGregor said [Scotsman]:

“The manager has been massive [in my contract decision], like you would expect.

“We have a good relationship, I see football being played the same way that he does, which is obviously vital, because his message gets filtered to me which then gets filtered to the team.

“[Ange and I] need to be on the same page in that sense. We get on really well, we have similar philosophies on football, and he’s been a massive factor. I feel the trust that he puts in me as well, so it’s a great relationship and one that I want to continue to build on.”

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Postecoglou and Celtic captain McGregor are in this for the long-term after signing new deal

It’s worth remembering that McGregor already had a contract until 2024. His willingness to extend that deal doesn’t just tie up his future for a bit longer, though.

It’s demonstrable evidence of a commitment to Celtic, especially under Postecoglou.

Very quickly, the two have developed an understanding, based on a shared love for the game, and strong ideas about how it should be played. Of course, McGregor is the type who would adapt to different tactics, but it helps so much that he wants to be central to what Postecoglou wants.

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And what Postecoglou wants is high-tempo, incisive and exciting football. If you’re a technically gifted midfielder with bags of stamina, it’s a no-brainer; of course you want to be involved in that.

Postecoglou couldn’t have hoped for a better captain, in fairness. It’s good enough getting someone in who has total belief in the style and aesthetics of your brand of football.

But someone who’s come through the Academy, that the players already hugely respect? And, barring right now, a guy who’s been excellent at remaining injury-free, and is unerringly consistent on the pitch?

A manager’s dream, we’re sure. What the pair could build together at Celtic really is cause for excitement.

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