Kieran Tierney reckons that Callum McGregor is a future Celtic captain in the making.
The Arsenal full-back is a former team-mate of both current Celtic skipper Scott Brown and Scotland international McGregor, and he’s in no doubt about the latter’s capabilities.
Tierney may have said a lot in his recent interview with Open Goal, but one of his shortest answers of the interview may have actually given away the most.
“We had a proper hardworking team,” Tierney said as he looked back on his Celtic days.
“Broony and Cal ran the changing room. They were our captains and they never let anyone slack.”
“Would McGregor do that aswell,” asked Open Goal host Si Ferry.
“Aye”, replied Tierney. “Cal’s captain material. Cal will be captain.”
McGregor is playing in his peak years at Celtic
This insight from Tierney is genuinely pretty interesting.
From the outside, McGregor always seems such a pleasant well mannered guy, that you could rarely imagine him keeping his team-mates in line.
But it appears that’s exactly what he’s like behind the scenes.
Many Celtic fans do believe that the academy graduate is a future Celtic captain, so it’s reassuring to hear that Tierney shares that viewpoint.
McGregor is a tremendously gifted player, but chat of him moving on from Celtic seems to have lessened during the last couple of windows.
After signing a new five-year contract back in November (BBC) perhaps he sees his future at Celtic as a long-term replacement for Scott Brown.
Many Celtic fans are worried about the day when our skipper hangs up his boots, but McGregor’s rise in stature at Celtic Park is likely to make a lot of us feel a whole lot better about the future.
McGregor is 27-years-old now – no longer a kid who is eyeing up his next move but a player playing at the peak of his powers.
He’s scored more Celtic goals in 223 starts than Brown has in 553 (Celtic Fitba Stats), and while goals aren’t everything, that’s a pretty impressive statistic.
Make no mistake about it, McGregor is a future captain of the club and is being lined up as such.
And that’s a really positive move for everyone associated with Celtic.