Celtic make class Callum McGregor flag day announcement

By Lewis Laird

July 27, 2022

Celtic have this afternoon announced that captain Callum McGregor will be the man to unfurl the league flag before this Sunday’s season opener against Aberdeen.

With the Hoops’ pre-season preparations coming to an end last weekend, focus is now firmly on the return of the competitive action.

Ange Postecoglou’s side goes into this season as defending Champions once again and face the potentially tough task of Aberdeen at Celtic Park on Sunday.

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With Celtic being the Champions of Scotland, this weekend’s game will provide the Parkhead faithful with one last opportunity to celebrate last season’s league winners, thanks to the regular flag day ceremony.

Over the years, a host of popular faces have unfurled the league flag to kick off the new season and celebrate the Hoops title achievements.

Ahead of Sunday’s season opener, the club have announced that Celtic captain Callum McGregor will be the latest name to unfurl the league flag before the 2022/23 campaign gets underway.

Reacting to the news, McGregor opened up on how much of an honour it is to be asked to unfurl the flag for the new season and stated his excitement at getting going in the league again.

He said [Celtic FC]: “When you think about the people that have done it over the years, for the club to ask me to do it is a huge honour personally, and for my family to watch that,” he said.

“It’s always a brilliant day when you get to unfurl the league flag at Celtic Park. There’s a real buzz and energy about the place, with plenty of anticipation of the new season ahead.

“I’m very grateful to get the opportunity to do it, and once we get it out the way, it’s down to business and making sure we perform and get the three points.

“The excitement of a new season spurs you on, and the challenge is to go and be champions again.”

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A deserved honour for Callum McGregor.

After coming through the academy at a young age, there isn’t much Callum McGregor hasn’t achieved whilst at Celtic.

The midfielder has won trophy after trophy and scored many goals on the big stage, including in the Champions League.

Despite all his achievements so far as a Celtic player, last season was arguably his best and one of my favourite seasons of his in the green and white Hoops.

Facing the disappointment of the 2020/21 campaign wouldn’t have been easy for McGregor. However, he quickly bounced back and showed exactly why he was made captain under Ange Postecoglou.

Wearing the armband, the Scotland internationalist has continued to thrive and contributed massively to the success of last season.

Allowing McGregor to be the man unfurling the flag is a class touch by the club, and a well-deserved one at that, after providing Celtic fans with years of brilliant memories.

Hopefully, on Sunday he will be kick-starting another very memorable and successful campaign.

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