Callum McGregor is Celtic’s best player. He is in fact the best footballer in Scotland. On Sunday he can cement his status as the player of the year.
Against Rangers, McGregor will line up against arguably his closest rival for the award.
Gers striker Alfredo Morelos has been tipped to win the award by some.
However, McGregor has no equal in the player of the year competition. And he’ll show why on Sunday.
McGregor has quietly made his way to being Celtic’s most important player over the last few years.
An often maligned and criticised member of Ronny Deila’s squad, McGregor burst through under Brendan Rodgers.
Under Rodgers, McGregor became more than just a tidy midfielder who kept the ball.
The midfielder started dominating games, scoring more goals from midfield in the process.
By the end of the invincible season, McGregor was a vital part of everything good about Celtic.
Not only that, but McGregor produces on the big stage for Celtic. He’s made his mark in countless games against Rangers.
His goal in the Scottish Cup final against Motherwell was a classic example of his development as a footballer.
Sweetly volleying home the opener with his weaker foot, all of his hard work paid off in one instance.
No one works harder on the pitch than McGregor. He covers every blade of grass for his team.
This season, he’s been carrying his teammates at times. He very nearly carried them to a draw at Ibrox in December.
The offside flag denied him the equaliser, but he was the only Celtic player who escaped the game with pass marks.
In McGregor, Celtic have the consummate professional. He could fit into nearly any team, due to his ability and work rate.
He is Celtic’s diamond in midfield, and they’ll be relying on him for another big derby showing on Sunday.
If all goes well, they may as well give McGregor the player of the year trophy after the game.