Celtic star Callum McGregor promises to use Mulgrew, Broony influence to help Academy players

By Euan Davidson

July 15, 2021

Celtic star Callum McGregor has praised the club’s Academy talents, and promised to pass on the advice and help given to him as a youngster.

McGregor broke through at Celtic while charismatic leaders including Charlie Mulgrew and Scott Brown were at the club. That’s served him well; CalMac has taken on extra leadership responsibilities as of late, to positive effect.

Again, last night, McGregor was leading by example. Surely the next Bhoys captain, the midfielder can be heard helping his colleagues through games, while playing with the maturity and distinction of a leader.

Speaking to Celtic TV last night, McGregor said:

“A lot of young kids, coming down [and] being involved in the first team. You see quite a lot of them on the pitch tonight, they’re giving everything. They’re really trying to get to the level.

“For the young kids, it’s brilliant, so they need to keep doing it, keep sticking with it, trying to get better every day and keep trying to push the squad.

“The numbers and where we’re at, there’s chances for them. So they have to get to the level.

“It’s hard enough being a young player trying to come through, you need a bit of help as well. I’ve had brilliant guys before me – Charlie [Mulgrew], Broony, all these experienced guys that have helped me.

“So I’ve tried to pass to that on as well. And to be fair to them, they look really good.”

Celtic man Callum McGregor can’t wait to play to supporters, surely the next captain

While Callum McGregor isn’t “officially” the next Celtic captain, he talks and acts like one. Drawing on the inspiration of Mulgrew and Brown, he’s come out of his shell a bit more in the absence of Broony.

It does feel like any prior debate over the captaincy will feel a bit silly, in time. He’s the standout choice, and it’d be a huge shock if Postecoglou gave the armband to someone else.

Certainly, it’s more than likely that McGregor will lead the team out on Saturday, with 2,000 fans at Paradise to watch Celtic take on Preston North End. And even though it’s a small capacity, McGregor couldn’t hide his delight about having at least some supporters back.

Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Referring to how the experience will be for the Academy talents, and the style of football under Postecoglou, McGregor said [Celtic TV]:

“It’ll be good with supporters in as well, because that will give the boys a feel for it before we get to Tuesday.

“The manager wants us to be brave in possession. We have to be brave enough to take the ball, play through the thirds. I’m sure the fans in the stadium will enjoy the level of football.

“And we go forward together.”

He’s like me and you, he loves Celtic, too. And that means embracing the return of supporters after a long, long time without the Hoops faithful inside our fantastic stadium.

Quickly becoming a leader in his own right, McGregor knows exactly how huge this season will be. Hearteningly, he sounds more than up for the challenge.

READ MORE: Busy week ahead off the pitch?