Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has made a list which ranks him as the 10th most used player in 2020.
McGregor has been a constant during Neil Lennon’s tenure. Even when Scott Brown has struggled to keep his place, McGregor’s has never truly been under threat.
This season alone, Callum has played in all 26 of Celtic’s fixtures. He’s only missed 12 minutes of action in the Premiership and played every single one in European competition (including qualifiers).
And the CIES Football Observatory, set up by FIFA and the University of Neuchatel, have shown just how many minutes he’s played in 2020.
Exclusive @CIES_Football indestructible rankings, most fielded players in 2⃣0⃣2⃣0⃣ calendar year: rock solid @HarryMaguire93 🏴 at the top for outfield players ahead of #rubendias 🇵🇹 & eternal #leomessi 🇦🇷 💪 Top 💯 in last Weekly Post of the year ➡️ https://t.co/hJ0LTjdLjQ pic.twitter.com/PabzD0topj
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) December 21, 2020
McGregor never struggles with injury at Celtic
This is top stuff from McGregor. Look at some of the names on that list.
Ruben Dias, Lio Messi, Bruno Fernandes, Romelu Lukaku, Raphael Varane. It’s exceptional company to be in and shows just how much football he plays.
To have managed 4106 minutes of action is ridiculous. That’s just under 46 matches. Considering football was halted in Scotland between March and August….just wow. Goodness knows what he would’ve been on had last season been allowed to finish. It only goes to highlight what a phenomenon he is.
However, some may not see it this way. For many it could be viewed as an over-reliance. Personally I would like to see a touch more variation to our midfield, but nobody can question Callum’s commitment to Celtic.
Perhaps most impressively, he’s never injured either. The reason he’s used so often by Lennon is because he’s consistently available. You won’t find McGregor on the treatment table for any real period of time.
He’s the one constant you can rely on to be on the teamsheet. And it doesn’t look like that’s about to change anytime soon. McGregor will likely start again when Celtic host Ross County on Wednesday.
However, here’s hoping his form picks up as he continues to play almost every minute. He could certainly do with a run of sustained form.